Beef & stout stew with carrots

Beef & stout stew with carrots

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 3 hrs

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Sweet, slow-cooked melty carrots and beautifully tender meat, this dish is comfort in a pot

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
562
protein
58g
carbs
26g
fat
23g
saturates
8g
fibre
6g
sugar
20g
salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 10 carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml can Guinness
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • pinch of sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • big thyme sprig
  • Creamy parsnip mash, to serve (see recipe below)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in large lidded casserole dish, brown the meat really well in batches, then set aside. Add the onion and carrots to the dish, give them a good browning, then scatter over the flour and stir. Tip the meat and any juices back into the dish and give it all a good stir. Pour over the Guinness and crumble in the stock cube. Season the stew with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer.
  2. Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 2½ hrs until the meat is really tender. The stew can now be chilled and frozen for up to 3 months – defrost completely before reheating until piping hot. Leave the stew to settle a little, then serve with Creamy parsnip mash for a true celebration of winter vegetables.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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lady_ophelia's picture

Hi everyone,

I am going to try this recipe next week but I need to buy a casserole dish first...can anyone recommend what sieze I would need to buy to cook this recipe, with this amount of ingredients? I'm a student and I want to learn how to cook. I hate ready meals and I'm in the process of buying some equipment for my kitchen to be able to cook lovely meals for me and my boyfriend...many thanks!

mrsroe's picture
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Dee-licious! I made half the amount for my husband and I and it was lovely. I wish I had a big enough pan to make the whole amount so I could freeze some for later. The mash is lovely and we've been having it instead of mashed potato ever since.

jodie2933's picture
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Was lovely, i put in mushrooms in to as i had some that needed using. I think red onion would be nice with this and will try it next time. I think i could do with more sauce. So maybe a can and a half of Guinness then finish the other half of the can while you wait!! Flavours was lovely though well worth the wait. Mash really good to quality comfort food!

lizzysempill's picture

Yummy

lizzysempill's picture

Yummy

sue_milton's picture
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Absolutley lovely. I will definitley be making this one again.

dtall77's picture
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This was absolutely delicious, especially the carrots. I made it some months ago, but having now noticed it again in my recipe binder it makes me think I have to make it again. Especially with the dark evenings closing in on us, it's the perfect time for such a dish.

zoewindsor's picture
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Delicious! Can't believe something so simple tastes that good

carlylion7's picture
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I think this has to be the best thing I've ever made, I made enough for some to go in the freezer, but it didn't make it there! Making it again for Sunday lunch tomorrow! Thanks for such a great recipe!

rachthecook's picture
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Made this last Sunday. YUM. It was the first stew i've made and I'll definitely make it again. The smell wafting through the house on a cold autumnal day- wonderful! I had it with normal potato mash and shredded cabbage. Added celery and used dried thyme instead of fresh. Worth the 2+ hour wait.

colleen1's picture
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a real treat added sweet potato and made whole big batch ,family favourite for sure

scraggworthy's picture

its even better in a slow cooker, I put it in early in the morning and eat in the evening, fantastic, also use Mackesons stout its even better than guiness and red wine works just as well.

alijanescott's picture
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Melt in the mouth happiness! Great recipe and since there's only 2 of us we've got plenty in the freezer for another day.

teresac163's picture
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Loved this recipe, i put in my slowcooker on low for 6 hours and it tasted lovely. Will be making more of this one

miranda74's picture

I've made it a few times now and it really is a favorite! I loved the smell, the meat was really tender and the carrots in it tasted great. Next time i will make a one-pot of it as well. With some chunky bread to clean the plate, mmmmmmmmm.

thedogs's picture
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Superb and easy to make...even for me who just found out where the kitchen is a few weeks ago

1william's picture

I have made this a few times now and we really enjoy it. To save time and pans I sometimes pop some new potatoes in the stew as well.

ruthy10's picture
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I made this this evening and put it in my slow cooker, it tasted a little bitter in the beginning but the longer it was left to tenderize the tastier it got. will definitely make again

rosygirl's picture
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Oops, got so carried away that I forgot to rate!

rosygirl's picture
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A lovely rich taste considering there are so few ingredients. I think it's essential for this dish to have a long slow cook as when I tried it early on it was still a bit bitter, after leaving it in the simmering oven for for several hours it came out well rounded and rich. My son proclaimed it as even better than he'd had when we were on holiday in Ireland!

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