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Guinness & Powers Beef Stew


You need to plan ahead for this recipe.  It's very easy, but the secret lies in the long marination of the beef.  The Guinness and Powers whiskey sauce comes up an absolute dream. “Its like eating velvet,” one guest said years ago.

Powers Irish Whiskey is robust, with oaky and spicy notes, so perfect for this hearty stew.  If you cannot find Powers, use Jameson instead.


Irish Beef, like Irish whiskey and Guinness, is exported throughout the world, so you should have no problems, sourcing your ingredients.  In Ireland, unlike in many European countries, cattle are reared on open green pastures and this is one of the reasons Irish beef is of such high repute.



Guinness and Powers Beef Stew


- 1kg / 2lb 4oz Irish braising steak
- 12 dried chestnuts
- ½ Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp brown or Demerara sugar
- 1 tsp flour
- 2 tsp red wine (a Bordeaux or Burgundy)
- 2 tsp Powers Irish Whiskey


220 ml / 8fl oz Guinness 
4 tsp Powers Irish whiskey
330 ml / 12 fl ozwater
2 tsp olive oil
½ Spanish onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
8 black peppercorns
1 clove
½ tsp allspice

Preparation method

Combine all marinade ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add beef, trimmed of fat, and allow to marinate in fridge for two or three days, turning meat several times daily.

Cover dried chestnuts with water in a bowl and leave to soak overnight.


1. Remove meat and drain, reserving marinade.

2. Heat olive oil in heatproof casserole. Add meat and chopped onion and brown on all sides, then add chestnuts and brown briefly.
3. Pour 300 ml of marinade over the meat. Cover and cook, 90 minutes in cool oven (150°C) adding more marinade – but not all - as needed. 

4. Remove casserole from oven, sprinkle with sugar, add whiskey and simmer on hob, uncovered for 15 minutes,
 turning until sugar has melted and browned.

5. Whisk flour into remaining marinade, add wine,  pour over mixture and return to oven or heat on hob until sauce has thickened. 
6. Skim off any fat from liquid, check if sauce requires salt and pepper and remove bay leaf.
7. Serve immediately alongside homemade mash potatoes, green beans and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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