Today Lets just have a little fun with Guinness Beef Stew made in a crock-pot. It’s not exactly what you will find in diet books. If you do not go overboard (like buy a six pack of Guinness and drink the 5 your don’t use in the recipe) you should still maintain your weight loss program.
2 lbs. new red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
4 carrots, peeled and chopped coarse
2 celery stalks, chopped coarse
2 bay leaves
3 lbs stew beef, cubed (You can make this with lamb but that can be costly)
1/2 cup flour, seasoned with salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups beef broth
8 oz. fresh whole mushrooms, cut in half
2 cups of tomato sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sea salt
12 oz. Guinness Stout Beer (or other very dark beer)
Put the potatoes, carrots, celery, and bay leaves in the crock-pot.
Put the stew beef in a paper bag and add the flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper; shake the bag to coat the beef.
In a large skillet, add the olive oil, heat over medium-high heat, and brown the coated beef stew meat in the skillet, removing as it cooks, and set aside. (Do this in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet.)
When beef is all browned, add onion and garlic to the same skillet and cook for 1 minute, then pour in the beef broth and let cook for 1 more minute, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.
Now put the browned beef in the crock-pot, along with the onion/garlic/broth mixture from the skillet. Add the mushrooms, tomato sauce, and all seasonings, stir gently.
Pour in the Guiness, then cover the crock-pot, set heat to LOW, and cook for 7 to 8 hours.
Serve your Guinness Beef Stew in large bowls with crusty bread, and perhaps a glass of red wine.
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