Guinness Beef Stew

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There is nothing better on a cold winter (or spring!!) day than a hot, hearty bowl of stew and this version is OUT OF THIS WORLD! This stew has such a rich, well-developed flavor that I promise you, once you try this version you might never make it your old way again! I thought that red wine made my stew perfection but using the Guinness was even better, having it both cook with the stew and as a finishing touch at the end added two layers of flavor that was so delicious.

I came across this recipe in a new cookbook that I just bought which is put out by the Cook’s Country TV show entitled, The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition , and it’s an AMAZING cookbook. There are so many incredible recipes from soups to breakfasts to desserts. Everything is clearly explained and well thought out, it’s definitely worth adding to your cookbook collection!

The original recipe calls for the use of chicken broth but I much prefer the richness of stock instead, I think it adds a much better flavor to the finished stew. What is interesting about this recipe is that they eliminate the step of searing and browning the meat before cooking. By cooking the stew uncovered in the oven it allows the meat to take on a flavorful browning and as the liquid in the stew reduces down the overall flavor becomes even more rich and concentrated. Great time-saving technique!

Lastly, I love to cook stews in my large enameled cast iron Dutch oven, it’s a great size at 6 qts and it retains heat well and cooks so beautifully. You can spend hundreds on a Dutch oven pot, especially ones made by Le Creuset®, Staub®, etc., but Lodge® puts out a really excellent product that costs pennies compared to other brands. I picked up this Lodge® Dutch oven on Amazon for only $45!! That’s a crazy deal! If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, just click here to order. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.5 – 4lb) boneless beef chuck-eye roast, pulled at seams and trimmed into 1.5″ pieces OR good quality pre-cut stew meat
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock (I prefer Kitchen Basics brand)
  • 1 1/4 cups Guinness Draught
  • 1 1/2 tbs packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 lb carrots, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 tbs minced fresh parsley

Instructions

Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 325ºF. Season the beef with Kosher salt and pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and 1/4 tsp Kosher salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, about 8-10 minutes.

Add tomato paste and garlic and cook until rust-colored and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock, 3/4 cup of Guinness, sugar and thyme, scrape up any browned bits. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in beef and return to a simmer. Transfer to oven and cook, uncovered, for 90 minutes. Stir halfway through cooking.

Stir in the potatoes and carrots and continue cooking until the beef and vegetables are tender, about an hour. Stir halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of Guinness and parsley. Adjust seasonings and serve hot.

**Tip – This stew goes really well with a warm loaf of my delicious Beer Bread .**

 

Tortellini en Brodo with Spinach and Chicken

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If you’re looking for a super quick, healthy, and totally delicious dinner look no further. This soup is wonderfully flavored and thanks to the tortellini and chicken, very filling as well. I came across this recipe in my Cook’s Country magazine, the August/September 2017 issue. It’s made with ingredients that most everyone should have on hand and it comes together within minutes. The recipe calls for chicken broth however, I feel that stock imparts a richer and more flavorful profile to the soup but feel free to use whatever you have in the pantry. To save time and add an extra boost of protein I also threw in some diced rotisserie chicken. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock (I prefer Kitchen Basics Stock)
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 8-10 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 3 oz baby spinach
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8-10 oz diced Rotisserie chicken

Instructions

Melt butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the broth/stock and soy sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta and cook until al dente. Remove the soup from the heat and add the spinach, cheese, and diced rotisserie chicken. Serve hot.

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

 

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Now that summer is beginning to wind down I am eagerly looking ahead to the crisp, cool days of fall and I am excited to break out all of my recipes for cozy, warm, comfort food. Stew happens to be one of my favorites and there is nothing like a hot bowl of stew on a cold fall night. I don’t recall where I first came across this recipe as I’ve been making it for over 20 years!…………long before Pinterest, Facebook, and the zillions of internet cooking sites that exist today. It’s super easy to pull together and you can even prep everything the night before and just place the bowl in the Crock-Pot in the morning. Within a few hours your house will smell amazing and you will have a hot meal to put on the table. I like to serve this stew with a nice crusty loaf of bread and a glass of red wine.

There is a lot of leeway with this recipe in terms of what goes into it so don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients. If you prefer the flavor of an Irish Beef Stew, just substitute the red wine with a good Guinness beer instead. If you want to be “fancy” you can try out different vegetables such as parsnips or daikon in place of the carrots or potatoes. No matter what flavor profile you’re going for you will end up with a delicious, hearty stew. Be sure to taste your stew right before serving and adjust the seasonings as needed. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 to 3  lbs stew meat cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 lb bag of baby carrots
  • 3-4 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 onions, quartered 
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 envelope Lipton Beefy Onion soup 
  • 3/4 c ketchup 
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup good red wine (or Guinness
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 

Instructions

Place the meat in the bottom of the Crock-Pot and cover with the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.

Mix the soup packet, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce with the water and wine until well combined. Pour the liquid over the vegetables and meat. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hrs, or until beef is fork tender.

To thicken the sauce, remove the vegetables and meat with a slotted spoon and increase the Crock-Pot to high. Stir in a slurry of 2 tbs of flour combined with a 1/4 cup of water and cook for 3-5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Alternatively, you can leave everything in the pot and add a few shakes of Wondra thickening flour to the pot towards the end of cooking.

 

French Onion Soup Gratinee

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French Onion Soup is one of my favorites and I’ve tried it out at countless restaurants over the years. Some have been delicious, some have been just okay and others have tasted like dish water. But this recipe right here is top-notch! I am heads over heels in love with this version and it’s the only one I make in my kitchen. This soup is rich, beefy, and has such a nice complex flavor. It’s an amazing dish to have on a cold winters night, just add a crusty loaf of bread and a nice glass of wine and you have a perfect evening meal!

When making this dish, make sure you take the time to fully caramelize the onions. It’s the “hardest” step of this soup but it will yield an incredible flavor when it’s finished. Wine is also called for in this recipe, I almost always use Bogle Merlot but by all means, use whatever red wine is your favorite or that you have on hand. Lastly, don’t feel obligated to stick to only mozzarella cheese on top. I am always changing up what cheese I use and sometimes I use a blend. My favorites are Gruyère, Asiago, Parmesan, and of course, mozzarella. You can’t go wrong with any of these! Also, don’t hesitate to throw in a little extra red wine or Worcestershire sauce, it only makes it that much more delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 5 tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 lg red onions, sliced thin
  • 2 lg vidalia onions, sliced thin 
  • 48 oz chicken stock (I prefer the Kitchen Basics brand
  • 14 oz beef broth
  • 3/4 cup good red wine
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley 
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme 
  • 1-2 bay leaves 
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 4 thick slices of rustic, crusty bread
  • 8 slices of Gruyère
  • 8 slices of mozzarella
  • Parmesan, for sprinkling

Instructions

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in salt, pepper, and onions. Cook 35 minutes, stirring frequently, until caramelized and almost syrupy. If the onions start to stick to the pan too much, lower the heat and add a little extra butter.

Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Add in the Worcestershire, chicken stock and beef broth. Bundle the herbs in a tea strainer or cheesecloth and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat for about 25-30 minutes.

Remove the herb bundle, add the vinegar and adjust seasonings. Cover and keep on low while you prepare the bowls.

Preheat broiler. Place 4 oven safe bowls on a sturdy cookie sheet. Place one slice of bread in each bowl and then ladle in the soup. Top with cheese. Broil until brown and bubbly. Serve hot.

 

 

 

Mommy’s Chicken Soup

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There is nothing better when you’re feeling a little under the weather than a hot, steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup. It is so warm and comforting and for me, it always reminds me of being a kid. I grew up on my Mom’s chicken soup, it was a staple in our house in the wintertime and one of the meals I’d often request if I got to choose. It’s a very basic, simple recipe but it’s just perfect!

I use to make this on the stovetop and let it simmer most of the day until the chicken was cooked through and falling from the bone. The problem is, cooking it this way binds you to the house for hours so instead, I starting making it in my Crock Pot. It comes out great every time and you’re free to go about your day and then come home to a nice, hot meal. I usually cook this on low for about 7 hours or until the chicken easily falls from the bone. If you get a late start and are pressed for time, you can also cook it on high for about 5 hours or again, until the chicken falls from the bone. You can even cook it with frozen chicken, you will just have to adjust the cooking time and let it go a touch longer.

This soup will keep for about 2-3 days in the fridge and it can also be frozen. If you freeze it, you may need to add a little more stock to the pot when you warm it back up. Also, do NOT add the pasta directly to the pot of soup. The pasta will absorb all of the broth and become mushy so I keep the pasta separate and add it it to the individual bowls as I am serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 box (32 oz) of good chicken stock (I like Kitchen Basics brand)
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 large bone in split chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of petite baby carrots or about 2-3 carrots sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • 1 package of wide egg noodles or orzo pasta

Instructions

Place the chicken in the bottom of the Crock Pot then add all of the veggies and seasonings. Pour in the chicken stock and water. Cover and cook on low for about 7 hours or until the chicken falls easily from the bone.

Towards the end of the cooking, boil the pasta and set aside. You can a little olive oil to the pasta to prevent it from sticking and forming a clump.

Remove the chicken from the Crock Pot and using two forks, pull the chicken from the bone. Discard all of the bones and skin and then return the chicken to the pot. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Place a scoop of pasta into a soup bowl, cover with a hearty ladling of soup, and serve hot. Enjoy!

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