#NewThings Challenge – Try a New Food and a Recipe for Beef and Guiness Stew

#NewThings Challenge – Try a New Food and a Recipe for Beef and Guiness Stew

IMG_8455Due to my holiday, I am a little bit behind with my #NewThings challenge but the lovely people at CSMA were very understanding and have let me extend the deadline a little so last week’s and this week’s challenges are going to be rather close together! 

One of the things that I have never tried is Guiness. Yep, I know you would have thought that by my age I would have at least had a little nip but no. Anyway, I decided this week we decided to have a bit of an Irish themed evening and use Guiness in a recipe seeing as we had a bottle floating around (better than Ross drinking it all to himself!). That way, not only would I get to give it a try but so would Grace – in a sensible fashion rather than from the bottle! 

We are currently following Sian’s Plan, a great healthy eating recipe finder which you can find more about here. The Beef and Guiness recipe if one from her site.

Beef and Guiness Stew
Serves 8
A heartwarming traditional Irish Stew using stout beer famously known as Guinness.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 25 min
  1. 1 kg Stewing Steak (Chuck or Round)
  2. 2 tblsp Plain flour
  3. 2 tsp Mixed Dried Herbs
  4. 4 Pinches Seasoning
  5. 2 tblsp Olive oil
  6. 2 Onion (Peeled and Diced)
  7. 500 mls Guinness (One can)
  8. 2 litre Water
  9. 4 Carrots (Washed and sliced Optional)
  10. 4 Rooster Potatoes (Peeled and quartered Optional)
  11. 2 Beef Stock Cube
  1. Trim and dice the steak into 3cms size
  2. Mix flour, herbs and seasoning in a bowl.
  3. Add beef and stir into flour.
  4. Heat oil in a large, heavy based saucepan, brown/seal meat on all sides. Do this in batches.
  5. Place meat and remaining flour (if any) into a large saucepan
  6. Place onions, Guinness, stock cube, water and a pinch of sugar into saucepan with the meat.
  7. Bring to boil, turn down heat and leave to simmer gently for approx 180 minutes or until the meat is very tender.
  8. 40 minutes before the end of cooking time, add the potatoes and carrots.
  9. Serve with shredded steamed cabbage or kale. Alternatively just before serving add a small packet of frozen peas.
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I have to say that the whole family really enjoyed this gorgeous stew. The Guiness produces a very distinct flavour in the rich, dark sauce. I can see this one becoming one of our winter favourites.


Have you tried a new food recently? CSMA Club has plenty of ideas for free attractions and places to visit around the country on the Time Out section of its Smart Spending hub (there are also some ideas in their Ten Cheap Things To Do with The Kids article).

Disclaimer:  This is our entry for week two into the CSMA Club #NewThings Challenge

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  1. September 18, 2014 / 5:14 am

    mixed with beer….man that’s gonna be great

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