Paddy’s Day Heart-warming Beef Stew

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

Prep 30m    Cook 180m
Serves 4

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

Method 

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.

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.

Source: BBC Good Food

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