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Irish Whiskey Beef Stew

This recipe may just look on the surface like a typical beef stew, don't be fooled, simmering harvest vegetables and chunks of beef in Irish Whiskey and Guinness, brings this dish to the next level with deep flavours that are rich and so delicious.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2–½ lb (1.3 kg) Beef Blade Steak or Blade Pot Roast
  • ¾ tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 large celery stalks, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 can 500mL stout beer (like Guinness)
  • ½ cup Irish Whiskey
  • 1-½ cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325ºF. Cut meat into bite-sized cubes. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a heavy Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add beef in batches and brown well all over. Remove to a plate.
    3. Lower heat to medium and add remaining oil. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add bacon and cook until bacon is browned and onions are soft and golden. Add garlic, cook for one minute. Add carrot and celery. Sprinkle flour over top, and stir for 1 minute until thoroughly moistened.
    4. Stir in stout, Whiskey, beef broth, Worcestershire, tomato paste and bay leaves; stir up any browned bits at the bottom of the pot. Return beef and any accumulated juices to the pot (note: liquid level should just cover the beef and vegetables).
    5. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 2 hours, until beef is fork-tender. Skim off any fat on the surface, if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves. Serve with mashed potatoes.