ST. PATTY’S Day — Crock Pot Guinness Beef Stew

27 Feb

crk     Hat_Shamrocks      stew            IRVINE, CA - MAY 25, 2014: Two bottles of Guinness Extra Stout on a bed of ice. The Irish beer is one of the worlds most successful beer brands with annual sales over 850 million liters.     Why GUINNESS ? Guinness  is an Irish dry stout  that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness  (1725–1803) at St James Gate, Dublin . Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide . A feature of the product is the burnt flavour that is derived from roasted unmalted barley.




Okay . So St Patty’s Day is a-coming up and this is a great Irish Stew that’s easy to make so as not to get in the way of your drinking !

But before we get started what is St Patrick’s day ,  besides an excuse to wear green and drink a lot.

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick“), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17

. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland  and celebrates the  heritage and culture  of the Irish  in general.  Christians also attend  church services  and the Lenten   restrictions  on eating and drinking alcohol  are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. was  It is believed that he was born in Roman Briton in the fourth century, into a wealthy  family. His father was a deacon   and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland .   It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock  to explain the  Holy Trinity to Irish pagans

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts to convert, subjugate, and drive off the Pagans (specifically the Celts) were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland. (Ireland never had any snakes.)




The colour green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag   harp    was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. . Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.  During the 1790s, green would become associated with irish Nationalism  , due to its use by the  United Irishmen .  This was a republican  organization—led mostly by Protestants but with many Catholic members—who launched a rebellion in 1798 against British rule. The phrase “wearing of the green” comes from a  song of the same name ,  which laments United Irishmen supporters being persecuted for wearing green. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the colour green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew.



Okay So on to the Stew  …………….


8 red potatoes – quartered

6 carrots – scrubbed sliced into 1/2″ chunks

2 stalks celery – cut in to 1/2 ” pieces

3 bay leaves

3 lbs chuck or round roast – cut  into 1/2″ cubes


1/2 cup flour 1/2 tsp garlic powder

extra virgin olive oil

1 onion – diced

4 large garlic cloves – smashed and minced

8 ounces portabella mushrooms    ( I just found these in the store – not too bad )    port

2 -8 oz can tomato sauce

1 can ( 10 3/4 oz ) beef broth   

1 packet Lipton onion soup mix    lipton

Yes I can hear you yelling at me , but, this is one of the few times I think a pre-packaged spice  really adds to the dish

1 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tsp Creole seasoning

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp.. basil

Worcestershire sauce

12 oz. Guinness beer   

1 cup frozen peas   



Put the potatoes , carrots and the celery in the bottom of the crock pot, then the bay leaves.

In a 1 gallon zip lock bag ( or a big bowl if you don’t have a bag )   Season flour with a little salt and pepper and the 1/2 tsp garlic powder  , coat the beef cubes .

Heat a little oil in a frying pan and brown the cubes on all sides. Do not crowd the beef ,  do it in a couple of three batches.

Set beef aside

Inn the same pan add alittle more oil and onions and garlic and sauté 2 min .

Add 1/2 the can of beef broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up all the little GOODIES on the bottom.

Add meat and onions too crock pot and top with mushrooms.

Mix remaining beef broth with tomato sauce  , onion soup mix ,  and the rest of the seasonings .   Pour into crock pot.

3  dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Top off with  the beer ( Oh it won’t all fit in the pot ….Gosh I guess you’ll just have to drink the rest of it . Oh wait ,  it did all fit in…… you better open another bottle and drink that one to make sure its okay………….)

Cook on low for at least 8 hours

Stir in frozen peas right before serving

Some fresh  bread goes well with this




Eat and Enjoy !


PS :   Dyeing the river green: The practice of dyeing the river green started in Chicago in 1962, when city officials decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green.

1962_annotated      green

and here is something I’ll bet you didn’t know , the top secret formula dye that they use is



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