Lamb and Guinness Stew

Hubby and I went on a cruise a few weeks ago. It was an amazing chance to spend some time with great friends in a tropical location. If you noticed a lack of commenting and instagramming, it was due to my lack of internet access. Being completely unplugged from work, the internet, and the world was a nice break and something that we really needed after the hectic last few months of moving.

Lamb and Guinness Stew

Coming back to Ohio after a week in the Caribbean was a shock to the system. I think my body forgot what it felt like to be in 20 degree weather. When we got home from our trip, I felt chilled to the bone and was craving some pure comfort food. I made this lamb and Guinness stew within a week of getting home.

Lamb and Guinness Stew

Hubby and I really enjoyed this stew. The rutabaga is a vegetable that I’ve actually never cooked with. It had a slightly sweet flavor that complimented this stew very well. Whether you’re returning from a Caribbean vacation or just want some comfort food, you should make this lamb and Guinness stew.

Lamb and Guinness Stew

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This Lamb and Guinness Stew is perfect for keeping you warm during these cold weather months


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 lb lamb shank (2-3 shanks)
1/4 cup flour
2.5 cups chopped onions
2 cups beef stock or canned broth
1 12-ounce bottles Guinness stout
2 carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large parsnips, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces


Heat vegetable oil in heavy large Dutch oven over high heat. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Coat lamb with flour; shake off excess. Reserve excess flour.

Add lamb to Dutch oven in batches and brown well. Using tongs, transfer lamb to bowl.

Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to Dutch oven and sauté until transluscent, scraping up any browned bits, about 5 minutes. Add reserved flour and stir 1 minute.

Return lamb shanks and any accumulated juices to Dutch oven. Add beef stock and Guinness. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until meat is almost tender, about 1 hour.

Add carrots, parsnips and rutabagas to Dutch oven and simmer uncovered until meat and vegetables are tender and stew thickens slightly, about 40 minutes. Spoon fat from surface of stew. Simmer 20 more minutes.

Do ahead: Stew can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Rewarm stew over low heat before serving.

Recipe adapted from bon appetit

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9 Responses to “Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes”

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    Connie — November 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    What a great idea to freeze the excess chipotle chiles! Much less waste, and perfectly portioned. I do freeze buttermilk in 1/2 cup increments because I never use up the whole carton when I buy it.

    • beantownbaker — November 8th, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

      Oh I’ve never frozen dairy before. Does it defrost well?

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    Connie — November 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    It does get a little curdled looking but I only use it for baking cakes. I haven’t noticed any discernible difference in texture or flavor in the resulting cakes.

    • beantownbaker — November 10th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      Good to know. I’ll have to keep that in mind because I never use the whole carton either. I tend to just make my own buttermilk with milk + vinegar but sometimes I buy it then struggle with how to use it all.

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    Shannon — November 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    i like adding in a not traveling to the rotation! might have to employ that one here 🙂

    • beantownbaker — November 10th, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

      It was seriously one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We’ve done a variety of things on our holidays where we don’t travel.

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — November 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Hey Jen! I JUST made these potatoes and posted them today. Alton Brown knows his stuff right? Then I saw your picture on pinterest and was like hm I wonder if that’s the same recipe…? Great minds think alike! I added green onions and bacon to mine, because, well, bacon makes everything better. Right? 🙂 Great post!

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      Bacon definitely makes everything better. Great minds do think alike!

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    Baked Potato Oven — January 14, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I am gonna try this on coming weekend and hope its looks at least nice in the texture and in color,because i am not so good in cooking:). Anyway Looking forward to more of your yummy dishes mate!!!

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