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Yes, St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and you can drink green beer. But if you're looking for something more substantial you can make a fine dinner using our recipe for Beef Braised in Guinness. Have you ever had colcannon? It's a buttery Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage. Mmmm, cabbage!

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Beef Braised in Guiness

This is such a good dish. The Guinness manifests itself loud and clear both in flavor and aroma. Beef, onions, mushrooms and Guinness -- a terrific combination.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds round steak (at least 1/2-inch thick, cut into serving pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 8-ounce package fresh Cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large bottle Guinness (see Note below)
  • sprig of thyme (or pinch of dried thyme)
  • few strips of orange peel (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Trim excess fat from steak, and slash edges to prevent curling. In a skillet over medium-high heat, quickly brown the steak pieces in 2 tablespoons of the oil. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. Lower heat to medium. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion to the skillet along with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter, and sauté until onion is transparent.
  4. Spread the sautéed vegetables evenly in a baking dish large enough to accommodate the steak in a single layer. Place steak pieces over the vegetables. Slowly pour the Guinness into the pan until steak pieces are just barely covered. Sprinkle in the thyme and orange peel, if using, and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Braise in the preheated oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until steaks are tender.
  6. Makes 4 generous servings.

NOTE: I purchased a large bottle of Guinness (1 pint 6 ounces) and used almost all of it. The size of your baking dish will have a lot to do with how much you need. Also, don't try to enhance the recipe by using sirloin or eye of round. Ordinary round steak will give the best result.

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