This hearty beef stew is rich with the umami flavors of mushrooms, beef, dark roux, and Guinness. Yes, Guinness Extra Stout beer. My Guinness Beef and Mushroom Stew is a bowlful of St. Patrick’s Day happiness.
I’m green with envy at communities that passionately celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is an upbeat holiday that every able-bodied Irishman (or woman) takes to heart. And with this Guinness Beef and Mushroom Stew, you’ll be wishing you were Irish, too.
Rest assured, it doesn’t take a holiday to enjoy this culinary combination. I’ve been cooking with beer for years, and with just one sip of a dark Extra Stout, I just knew Guinness would show up in one of my recipes. Guinness’ burnt flavor derives from roasted barley and has a characteristic tang. It’s rich, dark ruby color blends with my dark Cajun roux to develop a depth of flavor.
St. Paddy’s Day is the perfect time to give this one a try, but I can assure you it won’t be your last.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 pounds bone-in sliced beef shank or stew meat, 1-inch cubes and trimmed of fat
- 12 button mushrooms
- 1 cup roughly chopped yellow onion
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout beer
- 6 cups beef stock
- 1 tablespoon dark Cajun roux, such as Rox’s Roux
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a large pot with a heavy lid over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Once sizzling, add the beef and sauté until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
- In the same pot, add the mushrooms and sauté until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
- Add the remaining oil to the pot along with the onion and celery. Sauté until the onions turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrot, garlic, and rosemary and sauté for another 3 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic powder, white pepper, and paprika along with the beer. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer.
- Add the beef stock along with the dark roux.
- Add the beef and mushrooms back to the pot and submerge in the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the beef is fork-tender, about 90 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve in bowls with white rice or mashed potatoes on the side.
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