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Irish Beef Stew from PJ's Lodge

This recipe comes to us from Susan & Lou Matusiak of Carefree, Arizona, formerly of Zionsville... she sent it in January but we didn't get around to trying until April and boy is it good. We made the full batch and froze enough for two more meals.

"Just tried a new recipe from a fishing lodge Lou visited in Arkansas...think you'd love it! What a perfect meal for a cold evening. Les likes to call this his "comfort" food. The longer it cooks the better it gets as all the flavors start to blend together."

Serves 6


1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)
6 large garlic cloves, minced
6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth [I used Better Than Bouillon]
1 cup of Guinness beer
1 cup of fine red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
A dash of red pepper flakes


1. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Working in batches if necessary, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until nicely browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over. Continue to cook in this manner until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2. While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter and add the remaining Guinness to it and toss with the potatoes, onion and carrots (we used a large freezer bag). Then roast in a 350 degree oven until they have browned slightly, about 30 minutes.

3. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Makes about 4 to 6 servings.