Irish Inspired Stew

Irish Inspired Stew

(Adapted from Simply Recipes)
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat 
3 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
1/4 cup tallow or butter for frying
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups beef stock (stock can be made using our soup bones)
2 cups water
1 cup Guinness extra stout
1 cup hearty red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons butter
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, chopped
1 large onion, chopped 
4 carrots or parsnips chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Optional: Brown the beef (not traditionally done in Irish Stews but can make a tasty addition). Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt over the beef pieces. Heat the butter or tallow in a large (6 to 8 quart), thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Pat dry the beef with paper towels and working in batches, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until well browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over and brown on another side.

Add garlic to the pot with the beef and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the beef stock, water, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, then cover and cook at a bare simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

While the pot of meat and stock is simmering, melt the butter in another pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté the onions and carrots until the onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step 2 has simmered for one hour.

Add the onions, carrots, and the potatoes to the beef stew. Add black pepper and two teaspoons of salt. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off any excess fat.

Transfer stew to serving bowls. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. 

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