1 lb. eye round, cut in 1" cubes, all fat trimmed and seasoned in sea salt and pepper (don't be shy with the salt and pepper)
1 T organic canola oil
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 (largish) yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 celery stalks, diced
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 T spelt flour
1 T tomato paste (optional)
1 can Guinness
1 C vegetable stock (+ more depending on how things go!)
3-4 red potatoes, 1/2" dice
2 carrots, 1/4" rondelles (fancy way to say sliced ;))
1/2 C frozen peas
1 T red wine vinegar
2 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste
(Preheat oven to 325°)
1. Heat canola oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan (Le Creuset dutch oven is amazing for this) over high heat and sear meat on all sides till nice and brown. You may need to do this in batches and it will take 7-10 minutes per batch. Resist the urge to move the meat around TOO much or too soon. You'll know when it's time to roll them over!
2. Reserve the meat and juices in a bowl and set aside.
3. Add olive oil to pan over medium heat and then add onions, garlic, celery and thyme and a pinch of sea salt. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
4. Add tomato paste (if using) and flour and cook for 2-3 more minutes until it becomes like a fragrant paste. Then add Guinness and stir. Add 1 C of vegetable stock and let it come to a simmer.
5. Add meat and juices (can't let all that flavor go to waste) and bay leaves and let it come to a simmer again. Cover and place in the oven for 1 hour. (You can either clean up a bit here or go and relax...you deserve it...and you'll be back!)
6. After an hour has passed, add the potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour to hour and a half. Check that the liquid is about 1/2 way up the meat and vegetables. At this point it should start looking stew-y.
7. Place sauce pan/dutch oven on the stove and remove the bay leaves. Add the frozen peas and red wine vinegar, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
8. Top with fresh parsley when ready to serve.
Enjoy with sourdough bread, over noodles or rice or just on its own!