Guinness Beef Stew

gemini40January 5, 2012

It is cold finally, and my taste buds are sending a delicious beef stew might be in order. Now I have never had a Guinness ever, so to put it in a stew is questionable, but for whatever reason, I'm wanting to make this dish.

If you have tried a Guinness beef stew how is it different from a standard beef stew and does the addition of the Guinness make it decidedly different? In your opinion is it better or about the same. curious.

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Guinness is a stout ale. It has a reputation for strength, but it actually is not much different either in alcohol content or calorie content than many mass market beers.

It gets its characteristic 'roasty' flavor from roasted unmalted barley, which adds to the character but not to the alcoholic content(unmalted stuff doesn't contribute any fermentables to the mix). It's to my taste mildly bitter like good dark roast coffee. (Another way of saying it is, if you don't like coffee I doubt that you'd like Guinness.)

In a stew it adds depth to the flavors and complements beef very well. I find it a good addition to a hearty beef stew. Add it early in the cooking so the flavors meld.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 9:40AM
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My DH would say that was a waste of a perfectly good Guinness, drink it instead. LOL. It is one of his favorite stouts. If you can't get Guinness, use Murphy's.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 12:22PM
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I've never made the recipe at the link, but it looks pretty good and has good reviews. Looks like your basic beef stew, but you use Guinness instead of broth or water. Sounds like an excellent cold weather dish; I may just have to try that this weekend.

Guinness goes very well with beef. In fact, if I'm at a restaurant and am having a good cut of beef, I'll order Guinness if I don't see any wine on the winelist that suits me or my wallet.

Here is a link that might be useful: beef and guinness stew

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 1:37PM
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Cheers from Dublin, and the one and only time I indulged in Guinness!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 4:58PM
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Glenda, I hope I'm as active as you when I get older! You seem to have a swell time often!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 5:42PM
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What a coinkydink.. I just made stew a few days back in my slow cooker and while browsing online for different variations one of them had "a can of beer" in the ingredients. While I didn't follow all of that recipe and sort of winged it I did add a can of Coors Light and otherwise the stew came out good.. though I can't say if it was the Coors Light that contributed to it or not LOL

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 9:45PM
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I made a nice Irish stew a couple of weeks ago. I used lamb, but beef is good too. I used leeks, turnip, and carrots because that's what I had in the refrigerator. I also used a little garlic, thyme, and a bay leaf and just cooked it in the usual stew manner (tossed the meat cubes witha couple of T. flour, browned them, removed the meat and sweated the veggies for a while, add the meat and seasonings and the can of beer) and simmered it for a couple of hours. Tasty!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 10:50PM
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I may be on the older side, but stil loving life!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 11:17PM
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Glenda, I love that picture, I almost expected another one showing you with a nice frothy Guinness mustache!

I made chili with Guinness. I guess my first question would be "do you like beer?". I don't much care for beer and I didn't much care for the chili that had beer in it, go figure.

Elery loved the stuff, though. The Guinness does add a particular flavor, better or worse is a matter of perspective!


    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 11:30PM
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Haven't made the Guinness stew yet, but we use the Guinness Fish and Chips recipe on fish Fridays. (Wayne being a nice catholic boy, some habits die hard, lol). It is the only recipe we use now for batter dipped fish. NancyLouise

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 8:53AM
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I used a cup of Guinness in some chocolate cupcakes a few weeks ago. Turned out to be the best chocolate cake I've ever had.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 12:38PM
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Hah Chi! You were probably snockered, and just "thought" they were the best! Hahahaha

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 1:15PM
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LOL they were potent! They were so good...had a Jameson whiskey ganache filling and Baileys frosting. I added some espresso powder to the batter, and a new KA cake enhancer product that made it really soft with a beautiful texture.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 1:27PM
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I haven't tried Guinness myself, either as a drink or as a cooking ingredient, but the week after Christmas, I traveled to Bethesda, Maryland with my daughter and four of the grand kids. One night, we ate at the Harp and Fiddle Irish pub, and my 16-year-old grandson ordered Guinness beef skewers. He hasn't stopped talking about them yet--says they were the best "steak" he's ever had!

I'd think it was just a teen excited about alcohol, but until we told him, he didn't know what Guinness was :)

If the stuff's that good on beef strips, I can't imagine that it would be bad in stew.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 6:01PM
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I made this stew. I guess you have to like the taste of beer...I don't and so really didn't enjoy the stew...I thought the beer would be like cooking with wine, where you don't really taste wine but get a depth in flavour...well it was horrible (for me) so I tried adding sugar, broth, wine, salt, tomato sauce in order to dilute/change the taste...nothing worked.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 2:12PM
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natmicstef, I was afraid of that. As I mentioned, I made chili with beer and didn't care for it, because I just don't like beer.

I don't think wine flavor really cooks out either, and so I don't like dishes with wine in them much better, but the beer is very distinctive and I've never been able to "cover it up" with anything, although sweet will take off the bitter edge, then it tastes like sweet beer. (shrug)

Sorry about that stew, though.


    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 9:08PM
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