It’s really really cold outside, of course it’s ok, it’s the coldest part of winter here and I also love cold weather.
I also love the nordic concept of “hygge“, the good feeling of staying together with loved ones, spending quality time at home or in cozy places.
I think a hot, slow cooked stew is very “hygge” so I’m going to share this classic Irish recipe made with stout beer with you.
In this recipe I’ve used a classic Guinness as I had a couple of cans I had to get rid of but you can use any stout you like.
Mashed potatoes or turnips to match and/ or a classic soda bread to pick sauce up.
- 18 oz beef meat (shoulder) in cubes
- 3.5 oz minced bacon
- 1.7 oz butter
- 2 carrots
- 2 onions
- 3 tabsp flour
- 2 cans stout beer ( about 12 fl oz each)
- salt & pepper to taste
- fresh chopped parsley if you like
- Sautee bacon with butter and chopped onions and carrots.
- When soft coat beef cubes with flour and let them sautee on each side.
- Add a small amount of beer, let it evaporate then pour all the rest of the beer.
- Cover with a lid and cook for about 2 hours on low fire.
- Pay attention meat and sauce don't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Adjust salt and pepper.
- If, at the end of the cooking, the sauce is still too liquid just keep the pan on fire without lid for a while.
- Minutes before serving add chopped parsley if you like.