Steak with Guinness and Potatoes

by admin on March 11, 2010

1 1/2 pounds boneless beef steak or lean pot roast
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, washed and cut into thick slices
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 ounces large white mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons butter (divided)
1 tablespoon flour
8 ounces frozen or fresh pearl onions (see note)
1 teaspoon brown mustard
3/4 cup Guinness
Garnish: Fresh thyme sprigs
1 1/4 cups beef stock (defatted)
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1 bouquet garni (several sprigs of fresh parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, bundled in cheesecloth)

Trim beef of any excess fat and cut into 4 pieces. Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in large, heavy Dutch oven. Brown meat on both sides, and remove from pan and set aside.

Add pearl onions to pan and brown 3 to 4 minutes. Return steak to pot, pour in Guinness and beef stock, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add bouquet garni and sliced potatoes. Cover and simmer over low heat 1 hour.

Add sliced mushrooms, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove meat and vegetables with slotted spoon and place on warmed, deep-rimmed serving platter. Reserve liquid.Cover meat and vegetables with foil and keep in warm oven (200 degrees).

Melt remaining butter in 2-quart saucepan and add flour to make a roux. Cook until bubbly and golden, whisking roux constantly. Slowly stir in reserved cooking liquid, and cook until thickened. Whisk in mustard, taste and and adjust seasonings. Pour over meat and vegetables, garnish with thyme and serve. Makes 4 large servings.

Note: If using fresh pearl onions, place in large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak 5 minutes, then drain. Skins should peel away easily.

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