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Irish Stew


With plenty of potatoes, carrots, red wine, Guinness, and a little thyme, this hearty Irish stew will be the most flavorful beef stew you've ever had. Top with chopped fresh parsley for a beautiful, tasty finish.

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds stewing beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups beef stock or 6 cups canned beef broth
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups peeled carrots, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Servings 6
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Step 1

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes.

Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat.

Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Salt and pepper to taste.

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