It’s time for another Crock-Pot adventure. Take your palate to Ireland and get in some love for St. Patrick’s Day with a slow cooker Guinness stew.
Guinness was first brewed in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. He was a gangsta businessman, because he signed a lease for 9,000 years for the brewery’s property at St. James Gate in Dublin. In 2000 the space was transformed into a seven story interactive experience which is open to the public.
The beer is known for its potent burnt flavor that comes from malted barley and roasted unmated barley. The beer is said to have some health benefits such as can reduce blood clots and reduce risk for heart attacks. I’d say that is a bonus.
While the beer is sold around the world, the Irish sip Guinness loud and proud as it continues to be one of the top selling alcohol products in Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a day where Guinness overflows. It will be poured and sipped in over 150 countries. That being said, you should have something delish to pair with your pint of Guinness. This is where the stew fits in.
Pull out your crock and slow cook the following ingredients together to make the perfect pairing.
Guinness Slow Cooked Stew
1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat
2 tablespoons Greek olive oil
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons flour
4 large potatoes, peeled and largely diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
2 large parsnips, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
11.2 fluid ounce bottle Guinness Extra Stout ( it’s 1 cup + foam)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Turn slow cooker on. In a large bowl, toss beef with the salt, pepper, and flour to coat. Add to the pan and cook until all sides of the meat are browned. While beef is browning, add the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic and tomato paste to the slow cooker. Stir once it’s all in the crock. Add browned beef, beef broth, and Guinness to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Pint of Guinness
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