Braised Beef in Irish Stout


  • 1 tbs olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) shoulder beef, cut into thin slices
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 leeks, 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz) well reduced beef stock
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz) stout
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) butter
  • 75 g (2½ oz) streaky bacon, diced
  • 100 g (3½ oz) wild mushrooms, if available, sliced
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) small onions, peeled
  • 25 g (1 oz) flour
  • To Serve: mashed potatoes.
Recipe and image courtesy of Bord Bia.

We’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day with rich, tasty braised beef in Irish stout. This recipe takes a little longer, but it’s worth it!

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying-pan and brown the meat well. Remove to a saucepan.
  2. Sauté half the onion in the frying-pan with the leeks, carrots and celery. Add to the meat along with the garlic. Pour in the stock and stout, then season. Simmer gently for approximately 1½ hours. Remove the meat from the pot. Strain the liquid into a clean saucepan. Discard the vegetables.
  3. Place the meat into the saucepan containing the strained cooking liquid.
  4. In a frying-pan, sauté the bacon, mushrooms and remaining onions in 25 g (1 oz) of the butter. Add the mixture to the meat in the saucepan and reheat.
  5. Blend the flour with remaining butter. Add it into the sauce, stirring well for a few minutes to blend. Check seasoning, then serve in a deep dish with buttery mashed potatoes.

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