• March 24, 2021
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A Touch of Spring

Slow Cooked Beef & Guinness Stew with Wild Garlic & Roast Carrot Dumplings

Spring in Ireland marks the arrival of an abundance of delicious, fresh seasonal produce. One of these is Wild Garlic. Sprouting in moist woodlands with a pretty white flower, this versatile plant can be used in everything from soups, salads, bread, butter and most popularly, pesto.

A walk through the Irish woodlands in spring is not complete without the delectable smell of Wild Garlic.


An Irish Staple

A beef stew is synonymous with Ireland. When travelling through Ireland (Oh we can’t wait!), no matter the time of year or where you go , you can guarantee to find a Beef Stew on a menu!

This slow cooked Beef & Guinness Stew with Wild Garlic dumplings combines a number of Irish ingredients to create a rich and delicious dish.




  • 6 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 4 1/2 lb Lean Beef Stew Meat
  • 3 teaspoons of Coarse Salt
  • 3 teaspoons of Black Pepper
  • 6 tablespoons of Flour
  • 12 large Rooster Potatoes, largely diced
  • 9 large Carrots, peeled and diced into 3 inch pieces
  • 6 large Parsnips, peeled and diced into 3 inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 large Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 head of Celery
  • 6 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 4 litres of Beef Stock
  • 1 large bottle of Guinness Extra Stout
  • Coarse Salt & Ground black Pepper to taste
  • Wild Garlic




  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat & turn on your slow cooker.
  • In a 180 C oven, place 3 carrots with some garlic & seasoning & roast until soft.
  • Prepare your beef by tossing it with salt, pepper & enough flour to coat. Add to your heated pan & cook until all sides are browned. Approximately 8 minutes.
  • While beef is browning, add potatoes, remainder of the carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic and tomato paste to slow cooker. Stir to coat with paste.
  • Add browned beef, beef stock and Guinness to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cook stew on high for 3-4 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
  • For the dumplings, steam 3 potatoes and mash together with the roasted carrots adding butter, seasoning and some wild garlic. Combine with flour to make a ball.
  • With 30 minutes remaining, add dumplings to stew in slow cooker and allow them to soak up flavours.
  • Season to taste & serve.

*Dish serves 12 people. Beef stew will keep in the freezer but dumplings are not suitable for freezing