11 oct. 2010

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

Guinness beer
Guinness is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James's Gate, Dublin. Guinness is directly descended from the porter style that originated in London in the early 18th century and is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. A distinctive feature is the burnt flavour which is derived from the use of roasted unmalted barley (though this is a relatively modern development since it did not become a part of the grist until well into the 20th century). For many years a portion of aged brew was blended with freshly brewed product to give a sharp lactic flavour (which was a characteristic of the original Porter). Although the palate of Guinness still features a characteristic "tang", the company has refused to confirm whether this type of blending still occurs. The thick creamy head is the result of the beer being mixed with nitrogen when being poured. It is popular with Irish people both in Ireland and abroad and, in spite of a decline in consumption since 2001, is still the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland where Guinness & Co. makes almost €2 billion annually.
The company had its headquarters in London from 1932 onwards. It merged with Grand Metropolitan plc in 1997 and then figured in the development of the multi-national alcohol conglomerate Diageo.

Irish Beef and Guinness Stew
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch cubes (with some fat)
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, whole
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2-3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup Guinness stout
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 lb carrots, sliced
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
How to cook it
Heat a 6-quart stove-top casserole and add the oil and the bay leaves. Cook the bay leaves for a moment and then add the meat. Brown the meat on both sides on high heat. Add the sliced onion and cook for a few minutes until it is clear. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic, thyme, rosemary and flour, and stir well until smooth.

Add the beef stock and stout; simmer, stirring, until the stew thickens a bit. Add the remaining ingredients and cover. Place the pot in a 275 F oven (yes, the book says 275 F) for about 2 hours, stirring a couple of times. Check for salt and pepper before serving.

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