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Comfort Food! Guinness Beef Stew

I don’t know about you but when I’m going through tough times, I turn to food…well, food AND cocktails.  I love to eat and I love experiencing life through food.  

One of the recipes that I think I wooed B with when we were first dating about 9 years ago was Guinness Beef Stew.  I remember having this craving for something slow cooked and “homey”…for some reason Guinness popped in my head.  So I searched Food Network and found this awesome recipe.  

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I’ve mades some tweaks along the way, but I can basically make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point.  It’s the perfect meal for these cold winter nights that seem to never end and also to warm the heart in times of need.  Slow cooked love makes everything better ๐Ÿ™‚  Serve it with some potatoes or egg noodles…anything to soak up all that yummy sauce.

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Then sit back, relax and all will be good…at least for the time being.  Nothing warms the soul like a full belly and a food coma nap ๐Ÿ™‚

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Guinness Beef Stew
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds grass fed stew beef
  2. 2 Tbsp flour
  3. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. Pinch of cayenne
  5. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 large onions, coarsely chopped
  7. 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  8. 2 tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water - or 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  9. 1 12 oz bottle Guinness Extra Stout
  10. 2 cups carrots, cut into rounds
  11. Sprig of fresh thyme - or 1 Tbsp dried thyme
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, toss the beef with flour, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large dutch oven pot over high heat.
  3. Brown the meat on all sides and remove to a bowl.
  4. Reduce the heat, add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the pot, cover, and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour half of the Guinness into the pot, bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan.
  6. Add the meat, along with the remaining Guinness, carrots and thyme.
  7. Stir and adjust seasonings.
  8. Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat, or in a 300 degree F oven until the meat is tender, 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Cook for up to 30 minutes with the lid off to thicken the sauce.
  10. Adjust seasonings (you WILL need more salt!)
Notes
  1. This is SO much better the next day!
Adapted from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
RAD Living http://www.rad-living.com/
What is your favorite comfort food?  Share the recipe in the comments…I’d LOVE to try it!

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