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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just in time for St. Paddy's Day...

Just in time for St. Paddy's Day, I am sharing a recipe from our family cookbook.  I've seen stew recipes being shared like crazy in recent days and lots of them contain Guinness.  I have yet to see one exactly like this one though.

This recipe is courtesy of David's stepdad. It's always a treat to be invited over to their house for dinner. The food and the company are always amazing. This was the first time that we attempted to make this at home.  It definitely will not be the last.

Guinness Pie
Adapted from our family cookbook
Serves 6

4 Tbsp. butter (I used olive oil)
2 large red onions (I used sweet yellow onions)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
10 mushrooms, sliced (I used baby bellas)
3 lb. stew meat, cut into bite sized pieces
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. flour
1 sprig Rosemary
2 bottles Guinness (I used Guinness Draught)
8 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 pie crust
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place 2 Tbsp. butter or oil in a Dutch oven and cook onions and garlic until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the butter or oil, carrots, celery and mushrooms.  Cook until the moisture released by the mushrooms has evaporated, about 15 minutes.

Season the meat with salt and pepper.  Add the flour, rosemary and meat to the pot and cook on high heat for 5 minutes.  Add enough Guinness to cover the meat.  Cook in the oven, covered, for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Stir occasionally.  Remove from oven.  If broth is thin, reduce it over medium heat.  Season to taste and fold in half of the cheddar.  Pour the stew into a baking dish or pie plate.  Place the pie crust over the stew. Slash the center and brush with an egg wash.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.  Bake until crust is puffy and golden.

Today marks the end of my vacation and it's back to work in the morning.   I did not accomplish everything that I wanted to during my time off; but, I have to say that this was one of the best vacations that I've ever had.    I had hoped to blog a lot during my time off and take some photos and neither of those things happened.    That's okay though.   I'm rested and relaxed and ready to begin again. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful week.
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  1. Great looking stew! I've never had Guinness Pie but it looks like something my husband would love. Have a great week.

  2. Oh, how fabulous!!! It must be so rich, so tender, so fragrant, so delicious! Guinness, cheddar ... hard to go wrong with that combo!

  3. What a perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day, Candace! I agree with Mary on the combination of Guinness and cheese. Sounds amazing.

  4. how fun! I have to try this for my husband! Loveit

  5. I made a guinness stew once before I stopped eating meat and it was a huge hit! I'm sure this pie would be even more so!

  6. that stew looks so so good! I can almost taste it! Love ya, g

  7. I LOVE Guinness pie! I was going to make this same thing over the weekend but decided to make chili instead! Should have done this!!!

  8. Candace, thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband loves Guinness so any recipe that includes it has to be tried. I will definately try this one.

  9. yes this is really good pie I had made this last year and it was really good.I made Shepherd's pie this year came from a cook book that I got from a lady were I had work along time ago she was from Ireland and I have enjoyed the book and had Guinness with it yum!


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