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St. Patrick's Day Food: Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Our St. Patrick's Day food recipe for today features a drink almost always associated with the Emerald Isle - Guinness!

According to its official website, Guinness Draught has an aroma that is "sweet smelling with a coffee and malty nose," and its taste "a perfect balance of bitter and sweet with malt and roast character."

Now, it's easy to just buy a crate of the Irish beer and let it flow on your St. Patrick's Day party. But why not step it up a notch by actually incorporating the Irish Beer into your food?

Culinary Director Daniel Gritzer of Serious Eats teaches us how to make Irish Guinness Beef Stew. It doesn't merely use the Draught to replace water in the stew, but highlights its roast flavor, adding depth to the overall taste profile.

The secret? To emphasize the hints of coffee and chocolate in the dish, Gritzer uses actual coffee and chocolate to add flavor to the boneless chuck roast! The stew - made rich with potatoes, carrots, parsnips and herbs - is baked in the oven for one to two and a half hours to soften the beef and develop a complex flavor.

Get the recipe here...

Tip: Serve this rich stew with slices of crusty bread lightly toasted in the oven. Your guests will be delighted to soak the bread into the thick sauce and leftover bits of the Guinness stew! For easy clean up, use silicone baking mats to toast your bread. 

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