Guinness Beef Stew in Bread Bowls

This particular beef stew recipe is certainly not the most traditional or the most minimal, but it does pay homage to its roots with plenty of potatoes. The Guinness adds a nutty, dark seasoning and it keeps the meat tender and moist. The fresh herbs, onion and garlic ensure a broth that is rich in flavor, and the carrots and parsnips add some variety and heartiness. The results are a rich and tender stew whose taste is only further enhanced by the crusty bread bowls that it is served in.
Photo by Paul C.

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    pounds beef cubes

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 4

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1

    large onion, finely chopped

  • 6

    cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4

    cups beef broth (you can also use chicken broth)

  • 1

    can (14.9-ounces) Guinness Draft

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 2

    large sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3

    medium carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2

    large parsnips, peeled and chopped

  • 3

    large potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 4

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Medium-sized round loaves of bread (day old bread is ideal)

Directions

Heat the 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Separately, in a large bowl, toss the beef cubes with the 3 tablespoons of flour and 1 teaspoon of salt. Once the oil is hot, add in the beef cubes. Sauté for 6-8 minutes, or until the meat has browned. Next, add in the chopped onion. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add in the garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Then, turn the heat down to medium and stir in the beef broth, Guinness, bay leaves, thyme, salt, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Lastly, add in the vegetables (carrot, parsnip, potatoes). Continue cooking for about 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. To thicken the broth, scoop about 1 cup of the hot broth into a small bowl and whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour. Once mixed (it should resemble a thick, smooth paste), slowly stir the flour/broth mixture back into the pot and continue simmering the soup over medium-low heat until ready to serve. To make the bread bowls, use a serrated knife to cut a circle into the top of a round loaf of bread. You’ll want to make sure that when you cut that you leave about 1-1 1/2-inches of bread around the sides. Then, use your hands to pry off the circle of crust that you cut out as well as scooping out some of the interior. As with the sides, make sure to leave about 1 1/2-inches of bread on the bottom so that the stew doesn’t soak through.

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