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Beef in Guinness recipe  HT  MC  Irish  140mins



First brewed in the 1700's, Guinness is an Irish black beer or stout which is made from water, malt, barley, hops, and brewers yeast. It's taste is partly achieved by some of the barley being steamed, rolled  and roasted which also gives Guinness its dark-colour. Both characteristics lend this beer very well to slow cooking beef. Serve this warming stew with plenty of creamy mashed potatoes plus a green vegetable of your choice - green cabbage is wonderful.


Serves 4      Hot   Beef   Vegetables Alcohol  Herbs  Beer  Stew  Main Course  Dairy Free  Ireland  Europe  



1.2kg/2˝lb Shin of Beef or other stewing or braising Steak

2 Large Onions, sliced

6 Carrots, sliced

2 tbsp Seasoned Flour

A little beef dripping or oil

240ml/8fl.oz. Guinness

240ml/8fl.oz. Beef Stock

2 Bay Leaves

2 sprigs Fresh Thyme

1 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley




1. Cut the beef into chunks and toss in the flour to coat on all sides.


2. Melt the dripping or oil in a large saucepan until very hot, add the beef and seal quickly on all sides. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.


3. Heat the fat again until hot then add the onions and fry gently until soft and transparent.


4. Return the beef to the pan together with the carrots, bay leaves, thyme, stock and Guinness. Mix well, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover  and simmer for 1˝ - 2 hours, stirring from time to time.


5. To serve - transfer to a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot.  


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Serving Suggestions

Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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