One of the best things I love about dinner lately is that I can really maximize the use of my slow cooker. I’ve been working long hours at the pharmacy and having slow cooker meals has really made dinner easier for everyone. By having things ready in the slow cooker for Patrick to manage, we’re not defaulting to take out dinners or eating out all the time. This Guinness Beef Stew happens to be one of our favorites this fall since we’ve made it a few times in the past couple of months! Beef is slow cooked with Guinness Draught beer to lend a complex, rich flavor with baby carrots and potatoes…
This is a hearty meal in of itself, especially with some garlic bread or warm rolls. But to stretch it a bit, it’s also great over buttered egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Leftovers are especially good because the flavor develops even more… that is, if there are even leftovers to begin with!
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups Guinness Draught, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound baby carrots
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Season beef with salt and pepper to your tastes and place in slow cooker.