Packed with meat, veggies and flavoured with beer, this Irish Stew With Guinness is made quick and easy using a pressure cooker. Perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Who doesn’t love a great stew? Comfort food at its finest I would say. Making it in the pressure cooker is so quick and easy, dinner is served before you know it. Irish Stew With Guinness is a crowd pleaser.
So for whatever reason, my husband decided that I needed a pressure cooker. For the life of me I could not understand why, and had no clue how to use one. I’ve seen chefs use them on TV so I knew they were very handy for cooking quickly. My husband kept telling me that if the kids on MasterChef Junior can use them…I can learn too. He did the research on the different brands and models. He chose the Fagor Duo 10 Quart, and brought me home a present.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I knew a stew would be perfect to try in this new kitchen gadget, so Irish Stew With Guinness was my test to see how I would like cooking with a pressure cooker. I was totally amazed at the results. It was easy, quick and the stew came out fantastic. The meat was so tender it melted in your mouth and the veggies were the perfect texture.
If you have never cooked in a pressure cooker before and are scared…don’t worry, so was I. I will say once you try it a couple of times and get the hang of it (which is not that hard trust me) you will love how fast you can get a meal on the table.
For this stew I did everything in one pot, from the sautéd onions, to browning the meat and even thickening the broth at the end. It really is a one pot meal deal!!
We have a wonderful Farm Boy store not far from here, and I absolutely love their produce section (along with the rest of the store). I was able to get wonderful purple potatoes and heirloom carrots to use in this stew. You can even buy beer there too.
This really is a basic stew with meat, veggies and a liquid. Brown, cook, thicken and ready to eat all in a matter of 30-40 minutes from the time you start cooking. Now that is quick for a stew.
I did my prep and had everything cut up and ready to go. I sautéd the onions for a few minutes, added the beef and browned it slightly. I added the veggies, seasonings and liquids. Then I secured the lid, brought the pressure up (reduced the heat at that point to keep an even pressure) and cooked on high pressure for 25 minutes.
When the time was up, I took the pot off the heat and released the pressure. When it was released (you cannot open the lid until it is safe, there are safety measures in place) I removed the lid, put the pot back on the stove and heated to boiling, thickened the broth….and it was time to eat.
Seriously you cannot get a stew this fast without a pressure cooker and this Irish Stew With Guinness was a hit!!
If you are like me and didn’t think you needed a pressure cooker….give it another thought. My darling hubby was right…I DID NEED A PRESSURE COOKER!! I can see lots of wonderful meals coming out of this pot. Can’t wait to experiment some more. Irish Stew With Guinness is just the beginning of more wonderful recipes to come.
Be sure to check my Irish Soda Bread recipe….it is the perfect pairing with this stew!!
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- 2 pounds inside round steak (cut into cubes)
- 2½ cups of heirloom carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces)
- 3 cups of purple potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
- 2 cups of rutabaga (peeled and cut into cubes)
- 1 cup of mushrooms (quartered)
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup of beef broth
- 2 cups of Guinness beer
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. seasoned pepper blend
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme (tied with string)
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme for garnish
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. water
- Heat pressure cooker with olive oil
- Sauté onions until translucent
- Add salt, pepper and pepper blend
- Add beef and brown for 10 minutes
- Add Worcestershire sauce
- Add veggies and give everything a mix
- Drop in thyme bundle
- Add beer
- Add broth
- Secure lid and bring up to high pressure
- When pressure is reached, reduce heat to keep even pressure and cook for 25 minutes
- Remove from heat and release pressure
- When pressure is finished releasing, remove lid
- Return pot to heat and bring to a boil
- Mix cornstarch and water together
- Thicken broth with the cornstarch mixture, stirring until your desired thickness is achieved
- Ladle into bowls and garnish