I'm thinking about making this next weekend.

Guinness Beef Stew
(adapted from an October 1994 Bon Appetit recipe; makes 3-4 servings, depending on amount of meat/veggies you use)

1-2 lbs boneless beef chuck (I used a 1.25 lb package)
2 tblspns flour or cornstarch
salt & pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2 potatoes, quartered and sliced into 1/2 in pieces
3 carrots, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 tblpns tomato paste
1 c beef broth
1 c Guinness Irish Stout (I ended up adding another 1/4 c when it was almost done)
1 tblspn worcestershire sauce
thyme (I just used Penzey's mural of flavor seasoning)

1. Toss the meat with the cornstarch and salt and pepper to coat; brown in a large, deep, oven proof pot over medium-high heat with a shot of oil (unless you are going to use your crockpot, in which case the pan doesn't need to be deep or oven proof; but don't try to be efficient like me and end up with a broken crockpot insert)

2. Remove meat and add onions and garlic; saute until translucent.

3. Add paste, broth, stout, and worcestershire sauce, along with seasonings. Bring to a boil and deglaze pan (add to the crockpot at this point if using); reduce to a simmer

4. Add potatoes and carrots, cover tightly and cook at 350 for about 1.5 hours (or let it cook all day in crockpot)

more bread and cheese, please!: Irish Food Day 3: Guinness Beef Stew and Brown Soda Bread