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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Allyson Gofton's Beef and Guinness Casserole

If you are wanting a nice warm winter recipe, then look no further!

Allyson Gofton's 'Slow' cookbook is for you. Here is a sample recipe, taken from the book.

Beef And Guinness Casserole

Beef And Guinness Casserole
Free recipe from Slow by Allyson Gofton - Beef & Guinness Casserole, page 58.

Beef & Guinness Casserole

1 kilogram lean beef for casseroling
2-3 onions, peeled and diced
4 rashers rindless bacon, diced
12-18 prunes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
pared rind one large orange
about 4 sprigs fresh thyme or
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup flour
2 cups Guinness
2 cups beef stock

serves 6-8
preparation time without browning 15 minutes
preparation time with browning 25 minutes
cooking time low 7-8 hours, high 4-5 hours

Including the pared rind of one orange in this classic dish adds a hint of sweetness under the rich. warm flavours of the Guinness.

Turn the slow cooker on to low to pre-warm while gathering and preparing the ingredients.

Cut the beef into 2-3-cm pieces.

If wishing to brown the ingredients:
Brown the beef, onions and bacon well in a dash of oil in a hot fryin9-pan. This will be best done in several batches to avoid the in9redients stewin9 rather than brownin9.

Into the pre-warmed slow cooker put the beef, onions, bacon, prunes, garlic, orange rind and thyme.

Mix together the flour, Guinness and stock to form a smooth mix and pour over the beef. Stir to mix well and cover with the lid.

Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve with seasonal vegetables.

Allyson's tips

  • Pare the orange rind thinly to avoid any white bitter pith being added. If there is some attached to the pieces of peel, turn them over and with a small sharp knife, carefully cut the pith off.
  • Guinness is a distinctive Irish beer, prepared from roasted barley, hops, yeast and water. While it's referred to as black, it is actually a dark rusty red colour. If you do not have Guinness, use another dark-style beer.
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