FOOD, My recipes, Uncategorized BEEF & GUINNESS BEER STEW 6 July 2006

Ooooo… I am a domestic goddess! Or at least felt like one last night 😉

Decided to try my luck cooking up something I’d never done before.. a Beef & Guinness Beer Stew – partly because it’s the perfect comfort food now that it’s winter here, and also because I was craving some red meat. Apparently adding Guinness beer into a stew gives it fantastic flavour, so I bought a bottle at the liquor shop, much to Chris’ amusement.

The stew turned out really nice, actually 😀 The beef and ingredients were super soft and tender and it was all warm and comforting to curl up on the couch with a bowl of it served on mashed potatoes. And the Guinness really did give it a real kick, mmmmm!!! The preparation and cooking wasn’t difficult, but because it takes 1.5 hours to cook, you gotta be prepared. Overall, I’d say it was medium difficulty, but you can cook up a big batch and freeze the extra.


Beef & Guinness Stew with mashed potatoes


Beef & Guinness Beer Stew served with mashed potatoes

2 tablespoons plain flour
700g chuck/casserole steak, cubed
3 sticks celery, cubed
1 brown onion, sliced
1 carrot, cubed
300g mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup Guinness beer
1.25 cups beef stock
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1) Put flour and some salt/pepper in a bag with the steak. Shake to coat.
2) Heat some oil in a saucepan and cook steak until just brown
3) In a pot, heat oil and cook celery, onion, carrot and mushrooms for 5 mins. Add tomato paste and stir.
4) Add Guinness. Then add beef stock and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then add beef.
5) Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Then remove lid and simmer another 1/2 hour or until tender.
6) Remove bay leaves, stir in parsley.
7) Serve on mashed potatoes (mashed with garlic, butter and warm milk).

62 Comments

  • pishako posted on July 6, 2006 at 1:01 am

    looks good.. i’m adding this to my ‘recipe’ memories!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:36 pm

      Yay! try it out sometime 🙂

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on July 6, 2006 at 1:09 am

    oh! i am so cooking this soon…er…hopefully…it’s summer right now and may not be appropriate, but maybe we’ll get some chilly days in the near future…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:37 pm

      Heh yeah, I do think it’s nicer when it’s cooler outside.. it makes a great comfort food for winter!

      Reply
  • maarshymalloww posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:47 am

    They are sooo yum …I love them especially as a pie filling…ooo yummay!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:39 pm

      Oooo yessss… beef & guinness pie is absolutely delicious :)~~~

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:48 am

    Try adding cream cheese to your mashed potatoes. Yummy!!! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:39 pm

      Ooo that’s a GREAT idea!! ‘Cos I put in shredded cheese but cream cheese would be nicer since it’s smoother and wetter… ooo.. i want to try it out now, thanks for the tip:)

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:57 am

    This looks awesome. 🙂 You can also throw it all into a crockpot/slow cooker before you go to work, press a button, and let it all cook slowly while you are gone all day and then come home and have dinner ready when you walk in the door.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm

      I don’t have a crock pot 🙁 But yeah, it’ll be great to leave it cooking while I’m out, then return and have dinner ready 😛 my way above takes 1.5hrs so you really gotta plan in advance and start early!

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on July 6, 2006 at 5:02 am

    uurrrghhhh i wanna have your cooking skills!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm

      I had none whatsoever before I started too! It’s just learnt.. I wasn’t born knowing how to cook, wish I was 😛

      Reply
  • pishako posted on July 6, 2006 at 1:01 am

    looks good.. i’m adding this to my ‘recipe’ memories!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:36 pm

      Yay! try it out sometime 🙂

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on July 6, 2006 at 1:09 am

    oh! i am so cooking this soon…er…hopefully…it’s summer right now and may not be appropriate, but maybe we’ll get some chilly days in the near future…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:37 pm

      Heh yeah, I do think it’s nicer when it’s cooler outside.. it makes a great comfort food for winter!

      Reply
  • brenda81 posted on July 6, 2006 at 9:27 am

    woo, this looks absolutely yummy! Going to try out this weekend, thanks for the recipie, Bev!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:47 pm

      Yaaaay Lemme know how it goes! remmeber to cook on low heat.. that’s the trick to get the meat soft 🙂

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:19 am

    my beef tends to turn out all-so-awful-to-chew 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:48 pm

      I was worried about that too – it’s the reason why I usually don’t cook beef. But this one was super soft.. the slow cooking and low heat really makes the meat all tender, yum!

      Reply
  • maarshymalloww posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:47 am

    They are sooo yum …I love them especially as a pie filling…ooo yummay!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:39 pm

      Oooo yessss… beef & guinness pie is absolutely delicious :)~~~

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:48 am

    Try adding cream cheese to your mashed potatoes. Yummy!!! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:39 pm

      Ooo that’s a GREAT idea!! ‘Cos I put in shredded cheese but cream cheese would be nicer since it’s smoother and wetter… ooo.. i want to try it out now, thanks for the tip:)

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:57 am

    This looks awesome. 🙂 You can also throw it all into a crockpot/slow cooker before you go to work, press a button, and let it all cook slowly while you are gone all day and then come home and have dinner ready when you walk in the door.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm

      I don’t have a crock pot 🙁 But yeah, it’ll be great to leave it cooking while I’m out, then return and have dinner ready 😛 my way above takes 1.5hrs so you really gotta plan in advance and start early!

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, beer and beef together?! That’s a first.. And it looks really tasty too! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:48 pm

      Ya! It’s from “beef & guinness pie”, a popular dish in Australia.. It’s YUM :)~

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on July 6, 2006 at 5:02 am

    uurrrghhhh i wanna have your cooking skills!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm

      I had none whatsoever before I started too! It’s just learnt.. I wasn’t born knowing how to cook, wish I was 😛

      Reply
  • linklist posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    It looks new to me with beer.
    I shall try it with my pressure cooker, it shouldn’t take more than 20 min 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:28 pm

      Yeah, pretty sure it’ll be the same result too! Hope you like it 😀

      Reply
  • dianeeeee posted on July 6, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    that looks good! i’m gonna try adding guinness to my beef stew the next time i make it =D

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:28 pm

      It gives it a really nice flavour, even if you don’t like beer normally
      Hey your icon is gorgeous, love your hair!

      Reply
      • dianeeeee posted on July 7, 2006 at 3:24 am

        awww thanks! it’s a pretty old pic =D

        Reply
  • brenda81 posted on July 6, 2006 at 9:27 am

    woo, this looks absolutely yummy! Going to try out this weekend, thanks for the recipie, Bev!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:47 pm

      Yaaaay Lemme know how it goes! remmeber to cook on low heat.. that’s the trick to get the meat soft 🙂

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:19 am

    my beef tends to turn out all-so-awful-to-chew 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:48 pm

      I was worried about that too – it’s the reason why I usually don’t cook beef. But this one was super soft.. the slow cooking and low heat really makes the meat all tender, yum!

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, beer and beef together?! That’s a first.. And it looks really tasty too! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 12:48 pm

      Ya! It’s from “beef & guinness pie”, a popular dish in Australia.. It’s YUM :)~

      Reply
  • beezoo posted on July 6, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    you are really a domestic goddess…impressed…will try this out next time…lucky bf you have to enjoy all your cooking!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:29 pm

      Hehehe thanks! It was fun 🙂
      Chris and I have a deal.. he buys the groceries and does the cleaning up, and I do the cooking 😛

      Reply
  • linklist posted on July 6, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    It looks new to me with beer.
    I shall try it with my pressure cooker, it shouldn’t take more than 20 min 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:28 pm

      Yeah, pretty sure it’ll be the same result too! Hope you like it 😀

      Reply
  • dianeeeee posted on July 6, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    that looks good! i’m gonna try adding guinness to my beef stew the next time i make it =D

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:28 pm

      It gives it a really nice flavour, even if you don’t like beer normally
      Hey your icon is gorgeous, love your hair!

      Reply
      • dianeeeee posted on July 7, 2006 at 3:24 am

        awww thanks! it’s a pretty old pic =D

        Reply
  • renew posted on July 7, 2006 at 12:40 am

    Yum! I’ve always loved beef stew but I’m not a big beer drinker so this sounds like a good way to use up the leftover beer from when my friends come over. 🙂

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    • beverly posted on July 7, 2006 at 11:20 am

      Ohhh that’s a very good idea! I THINK you can make it without the beer, but tis’ so much tastier imho 🙂

      Reply
  • beezoo posted on July 6, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    you are really a domestic goddess…impressed…will try this out next time…lucky bf you have to enjoy all your cooking!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 6, 2006 at 10:29 pm

      Hehehe thanks! It was fun 🙂
      Chris and I have a deal.. he buys the groceries and does the cleaning up, and I do the cooking 😛

      Reply
  • renew posted on July 7, 2006 at 12:40 am

    Yum! I’ve always loved beef stew but I’m not a big beer drinker so this sounds like a good way to use up the leftover beer from when my friends come over. 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 7, 2006 at 11:20 am

      Ohhh that’s a very good idea! I THINK you can make it without the beer, but tis’ so much tastier imho 🙂

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on July 8, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Yum!!! I had a beef guinness pie at some restaurant ages ago and it was yum 🙂 I’m totally putting this in memories! Thanks for the great ideas, you’re awesome!! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on July 9, 2006 at 12:16 am

      I’ve had it before too and it was yuuummmm.. but I prefer making it myself as a stew – as the restaurant’s was a bit salty and didn’t have enough ingredients! 😉

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on July 8, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Yum!!! I had a beef guinness pie at some restaurant ages ago and it was yum 🙂 I’m totally putting this in memories! Thanks for the great ideas, you’re awesome!! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 9, 2006 at 12:16 am

      I’ve had it before too and it was yuuummmm.. but I prefer making it myself as a stew – as the restaurant’s was a bit salty and didn’t have enough ingredients! 😉

      Reply
  • popcorn_feet posted on July 10, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    This looks really good…Ive never added beer to beef but I bet the flavors go really well together! How much do you think this made? maybe for 4? I’m not too good at estimating in grams.

    I have a crockpot but I think my crock cooks too at to high a heat – i get beef that is tough sometimes. I think I am gonna try this on the stove cooked low. BUT ITS GOTTA BE COOLER OUT!!! lol..its so hot and humid i hardly wanna eat 🙂

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    • beverly posted on July 10, 2006 at 9:48 pm

      It makes about 4, yeah 🙂 But yes, right now for you, it’s probably lots of ice cream!

      Reply
  • popcorn_feet posted on July 10, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    This looks really good…Ive never added beer to beef but I bet the flavors go really well together! How much do you think this made? maybe for 4? I’m not too good at estimating in grams.

    I have a crockpot but I think my crock cooks too at to high a heat – i get beef that is tough sometimes. I think I am gonna try this on the stove cooked low. BUT ITS GOTTA BE COOLER OUT!!! lol..its so hot and humid i hardly wanna eat 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 10, 2006 at 9:48 pm

      It makes about 4, yeah 🙂 But yes, right now for you, it’s probably lots of ice cream!

      Reply

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