Rustic Irish Stew


2 tablespoons olive oil

3 pounds beef stew meat

1 cup diced onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup Irish stout beer

4 cups beef broth

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 pounds small baby potatoes quartered 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 bag baby carrots

Additional salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.

Add meat and brown all sides then remove from pot and set aside.

Add onions and cook until tender then stir in minced garlic and cook until fragrant about a minute longer.

Return browned beef to pot and sprinkle flour in. Stir to combine.

Pour in beer, broth, tomato paste and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer then cover and transfer to oven and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours until potatoes and meat are tender.

Remove from oven and let it set covered for about 30 minutes before serving to allow to cool and let the flavor set.