St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Stew

St Patrick's Day Guinness Stew

St Patrick’s Day Guinness Stew

After finishing his first bowl of this stew, my husband said “We have a new #1!”  He’s picky about his stews, often saying after trying a new recipe that the stew is too thick or syrupy.  This Irish stew has some significant differences from your average stew, and I think the fact that it was cooked with and then served with one of his favorite beers, Guinness, also may have biased him!  We’re adding lots of “green” recipes on the blog for St. Patrick’s day, but it’s also fun to extend the theme to other food items as well.  The recipe comes from a friend but I changed up some of the ingredients, adding Martini Rosso for its wonderful flavor, leaving out the celery and I insist on using fresh thyme instead of dried whenever possible.

St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Stew
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6+


  1. Salt the beef chunks using about half of the salt. Fry the cubes in small batches over high heat, using one tablespoon of the olive oil for each batch of meat. It is very important to fry over a high flame and in small batches. Why? Because we want the meat to only sear and create flavorful browning without losing the moisture from the meat. If you put too much meat at once in the pan more moisture comes out at a faster rate than it evaporates, which leads to a steaming of the meat. Not good! So take your time and once all of the meat has been seared, place aside.
  2. Add the minced garlic to the pot and fry for approximately 60 seconds and then add back the beef.
  3. Now add in the stock, Guinness, Martini Rosso, Cabernet, water, tomato paste, sugar, fresh thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves and bring it to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, then cover and gently simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. While the meat is cooking, melt the butter in another pot over medium heat. Add the onions, potatoes and carrots and saute for approximately 15 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew has cooked.
  5. Once the stew is ready, add the onions, carrots, and the potatoes. Add more salt and pepper to taste and simmer uncovered until the beef is very tender, about 40 minutes.
  6. Server in a serving bowl along with fresh bread and a glass of Guinness.

The red French Oven on the right is available at Costco, as is the non-stick pan on the left

The red French Oven on the right is available at Costco, as is the non-stick pan on the left

St. Patrick's Day Guinness Stew

St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Stew