Not surprisingly, it is a cold and rainy winter day here in Portland. Which means that it will be the perfect evening for something warm and comforting for dinner...beef stew. Instead of making it with red wine, which is also delicious, I decided to use the bottle of stout that was in the fridge. There is an earthiness that comes with using a stout or even a porter in a hearty beef stew.
I really just improvised this stew since I make them fairly frequently this time of year. Therefore, I did not work from an actual recipe. But, since many people, really do love to have some basic instructions to work with, I have tried to write down what I did. Hopefully, it makes some sort of sense and will actually work for you. Let me know.
Beef Stew with Stout
Time: 30 minutes prep and 3 hours cook time
2 lb beef chuck, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 tbs. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt (preferably kosher)
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbs. fresh rosemary minced
2 tbs. fresh thyme minced
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley minced
2 tbs. olive oil
1 medium or large onion diced
8 cloves of garlic minced
3 stalks of celery diced
2 cups of carrots chopped
1 cup of parsnips chopped
2 lbs. baby red or white potatoes quartered
3 bay leaves
1 (22-oz) bottle of stout
2 cups beef broth
1) Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2) Season the meat with salt and pepper, place in a large bowl, and toss with the flour.
3) Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or wide-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Cook the meat, in batches, until well browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes, transferring the pieces to a plate as they are browned.
4) Add the onion, celery, garlic, rosemary and thyme and sauté for 5 minutes. Drizzle in a little more olive oil if needed. Return the meat and any juices back to the pot along with the stout, beef broth and bay leaves. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 1/2 hours.
5) Then add the potatoes, carrots and parsnips to the pot, cover, and return to the oven. Cook until the meat and vegetables are fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours more.
6) When done, stir in 2 tbs. of the flat-leaf parsley and use the rest for garnish.