My dad is adopted and we don't know his lineage,but on my mother's side, the majority is black Irish. There are other bits and pieces of black Dutch and such, but Irish is the main component and also what I identify as my heritage. I searched and searched for a traditional Irish dessert or baked good, but had a reeeeeallly hard time finding anything that I thought J would like or eat. So, I headed to Facebook and messaged one of my truly Irish friends - like she has family there and goes to visit - and asked her for some suggestions. She reached out to the family, and this was one of the suggestions.
Beef and Guinness Pie. When I first saw the name of the recipe I was like...uh...what? But then I looked it up and it's basically a big ol' pot pie with Guinness beer in it. I'm not a beer drinker myself, but figured I'd give it a try. And wound up having one of my besties and her family over for dinner the night I made it, as well.
I actually wound up making this on two different occasions because, frankly, I had poor time management the first time and sort of threw the puff pastry on top and it was rather...ugly. So, I made it again this past weekend so it would look a little nicer for you all. You're welcome :)
It was a little thin and liquidy the first time around, so I added less beef broth on round two and it was much more pot pie-like. I used the adjusted measurements in the recipe below. I'd say all around it was a great dish and a great nod to my Irish heritage. A big thanks to Ali for a great challenge, and be sure to check out her blog for the round-up soon!
Beef and Guinness Pie
As seen on Leite's Culinaria
- 1 1/2 pounds stewing beef, such as chuck, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tsp flour (I used white wheat flour)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 beef broth
- 24 oz Guinness beer
- 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbsp A.1. Steak Sauce
- 1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
- 1 Tbsp thyme, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 sheet good-quality puff pastry (allow to thaw while you are cooking the beef)
- Place the beef chunks in a large bowl, sprinkle the flour over the top and toss or stir to coat.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the meat, in batches if necessary to not overcrowd, and cook until browned on all sides. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan, along with the onion and garlic, and cook over medium heat until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrot and celery, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Return the meat to the pan, then add the stock or broth, Guinness, canned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, and chopped herbs and stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, uncovered, until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.
- Spoon the mixture into a 7-inch-diameter ovenproof pot or casserole dish** (round, square, oval...shape doesn't matter). Allow to cool while you preheat the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Brush the top edge of the pot or dish with water, then gently place the sheet of pastry over the stew, pinching the pastry against the edge of the pot or pie dish to seal. You can crimp the pastry to form a decorative edge, if you so desire.)
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the pastry is risen and golden brown. Serve immediately while still hot.