Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1 pound beef round or other slow-cooking cut 2 tablespoons oil
Salt and pepper
3 medium-sized onions, sliced
3 to 4 carrots, sliced
3 to 4 ribs of celery, chopped
5 to 6 potatoes, sliced thick
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
20 ounces stout beer, such as Guinness
Bouquet garni (a few sprigs of parsley, a few sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf tied together)
Chopped parsley, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut beef into 1-inch cubes. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot with a lid that can be placed in the oven. Season meat with salt and pepper and sear until golden brown on all sides. Remove from pot with slotted spoon.
Put the onions, carrots, celery and potatoes in the pot, season with salt and pepper, and cook without browning until the onions are softened and translucent. Return meat to pot, stir in flour, and cook for 1 minute. Add the Guinness slowly, bring to a boil and add the bouquet garni. Cover, and cook in the oven for 2 hours. Remove the bouquet garni, test for seasonings, sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.