Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness Beef StewThere isn’t any Irish in this Swiss/German-Italian family, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to cook up something in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  I am not a big corned beef and cabbage kind of guy, but do love stew…so stew it was!

In the days leading up to March 17th I had seen a few recipes for stew that used a bottle of Guinness in the ingredients, so figured how could I go wrong with that?  Truth be told I am not a huge Guinness fan, but on St. Patrick’s Day I can make an exception.  Once I decided to go down this path I needed to go back and find one of those recipes that sparked my interest to begin with.

I end up making the Guinness Beef Stew from the Brown Eyed Baker food blog.  This site has been around a long time, but I stumbled on it just recently.  This stew came out fantastic.  You brown up some onion, add tomato paste, garlic and flour, then throw in the beer, chicken stock and beef.  Cook that down for 90 minutes then add potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour.  Just before serving (with bread and salad in my case), add a bit more Guinness and some parsley.  The liquid in this cooked down to a very nice rich sauce, and the vegetables came out just perfect.  After making – and loving – this stew, the Brown Eyed Baker is now on my regular rotation of places to look for menu inspiration.

If you haven’t decided what to make today I’d recommend running out to buy some Guinness and get cooking!

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