Here at the Newburyport Brewing company we love to cook. When the grill is covered in snow we turn to the crockpot for warm and savory comfort foods such as this Irish Beef Stew made with our very own Joppa Grande Stout. Come grab a growler and give it a try! Yum!
2 tbsp olive oil
2.5 lb / 1.25 kg beef chuck ,brisket or any other slow cooking beef (no bone)
¾ tsp salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 onions, chopped (brown, white or yellow)
6 oz / 180g bacon, speck or pancetta, diced
3 tbsp plain flour
1 x 440ml / 14.9oz Joppa Grande Stout
4 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups / 750 ml chicken stock/broth
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1.25 cm / ½” thick pieces
2 large celery stalks, cut into 2cm / 1″ pieces
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme (or sub with 1 tsp dried thyme leaves)
1. Cut the beef into 5cm/2″ chunks. Pat dry then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in a heavy based pot over high heat. Add beef in batches and brown well all over. Remove onto plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
3. Remove pot from heat to cool slightly and lower heat to medium. If the pot is looking dry, add oil.
4. Return pot to heat, add garlic and onion. Cook for 3 minutes until softening, then add bacon.
4. Cook until bacon is browned then add flour. Stir flour into the mixture.
5. Add Stout. Mix well (to ensure flour dissolves well) then add remaining ingredients and return beef into the pot (including any juices).
6. Add enough water so the beef & veggies are almost fully covered.
7. Cover, bring to simmer then lower heat so it is bubbling gently. Cook for 2 hours – the beef should be pretty tender by now. Remove lid then simmer for a further 30 – 45 minutes or until the beef falls apart at a touch and the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
8. Skim off fat on surface. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves and thyme.
9. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and a pint of stout!!!