Guinness Beef Stew

I’m 110% ready for autumn. In fact, I’m wearing a hoodie right now, hoping that dear ole lovely mother nature will take a hint. I even broke out my boots this weekend, walked outside and immediately did a u-turn to put on flip-flops. Sigh. One day soon, it’ll be time for layers upon layers of clothing, gloves, chic hats, tall boots, and warm jackets. Until then, this stew is a great way to pretend on a rainy day that baby, its cold outside.

Guinness Beef Stew:

What you’ll need:
*2 lbs of stew meat
*Salt & Pepper
*2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
*2 White Onions, chopped
*4 cups low-sodium Chicken Broth
*1 1/2 cups Guinness Draught
*1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
*1 tsp dried Thyme
*1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
*2 Bay Leaves
*5 Carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
*1 lb Parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
*1 1/2 lbs Baby Red Potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
*1/4 cup all-purpose flour
*2 Tbsp Parsley

Step 1: Season the stew meat with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Heat 2-4 tsp of oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Cook the meat until all sides are browned. Transfer the beef to a crockpot.

Step 3: Using the same skillet, add 2 tsp of oil to the pan and sauté the onions until they are lightly brown, about 5 minutes.  Add in the broth, 1 1/4 cups of Guinness, sugar, thyme, chocolate, and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil. Transfer to the crockpot. [I used 1 full bottle of Guinness]


Step 4: Add the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes to the crockpot.

Step 5: Cover and cook on high for 8 hours (low for 10 hours), or until meat is tender.

Step 6: 15 minutes before serving, whisk the flour and 1/4 cup of beer until smooth.  Stir this mixture into the slow cooker.  Cover and let the sauce thicken for 15 minutes.  [I used a little more than 1/4 cup of beer]

Step 7: Right before serving, remove the bay leaves and stir in the parsley.

Enjoy!

*I was able to get 10 heaping bowls out of this recipe*

What I paid:
*2 lbs of stew meat: $10.26
*Salt & Pepper: $0.05
*Vegetable Oil $0.10
*Onions: $1.30
*Chicken Broth: $1.86
*Guinness Draught 6pack: $8.64
*Guinness Draught 1.25 beers: $1.80
*Brown Sugar: $0.10
*Thyme: $0.10
*Bittersweet Chocolate: $0.50
*Bay Leaves: $2.19
*Carrots: $1.18
*Parsnips: $2.56
*Baby Red Potatoes: $2.97
*All-Purpose Flour: $0.25
*Parsley: $0.10
TOTAL: $25.32
Cost/bowl: $2.53

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