What to Eat at Home Tonight? Try This Guinness Stew

March 31, 2020, 2:17 PM · Wishing for some theme park magic, even when the parks are closed? Wishing you had another dinner idea? We've got you covered for both on this episode of "Social Distancing Kitchen," where we teach you how to make some fan-favorite theme park food at home.

Today we have Guinness Stew from the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion at the Walt Disney World Resort. Even though we are using an official Disney recipe here, you might remember that Guinness Stew also showed up on the menu at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so this is a dish that Disney and Universal fans can endorse.

Ingredients (Serves 6-8)

2 pounds sirloin, cut into one-inch cubes
1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 cup Guinness Stout
4 cups beef broth


Heat oil to medium-high heat in stockpot while adding steak and flour into a large plastic bag. Shake bag to coat the steak.

Remove steak and brown it in the stockpot while reserving the flour.

Add bay leaves, garlic, onion, and carrot under just tender, about five minutes. Add remaining flour and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Then stir in thyme, rosemary, and chili flakes.

Add Guinness while scraping bottom of pan to loosen all brown bits. Stir until smooth and bubbly, then simmer 10 minutes.

Add stock and bring to rolling boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until thickened and reduced by at least 1/3, about an hour. Discard bay leaves before serving.

We really enjoyed this stew with some mashed potatoes. (Boil a large baking potato until tender, then whip with a pat of butter and touch of cream.) We also had a crusty loaf of homemade bread, using the recipe from Violinist.com.

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Replies (4)

March 31, 2020 at 2:31 PM

I'll note that BGW also used a similar recipe for what they call "Grogan's Stew" (BGW was still owned by A-B when they opened the Ireland themed area, and utilized a beer called Bare Knuckle Stout, which was the company's attempt at a nitroginated Irish stout - not a bad facsimile BTW). I'm not sure if they currently use Guinness in the stew since they now serve it in the park, or if it's a modified recipe without any beer (Bare Knuckle Stout no longer exists). I haven't had it in a number of years (they typically serve their Irish chili at media events), but recall that it was quite tasty.

March 31, 2020 at 4:02 PM

I had the pleasure of tasting this at once at a Food and Wine festival seminar done by Chef Jeff! So tasty! I'm definitely making some of this soon.

April 1, 2020 at 8:31 AM

Hey there Robert! I've been following this page for a few years and finally signed up! Love what you do and how well you cover every aspect of the parks. This post is another great example of how much you care about your readers! I can't wait to contribute to your page as a fellow theme park junkie!

April 1, 2020 at 3:34 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! And when you make something from the Social Distancing Kitchen, please feel welcomed to post a photo over on our Discussion Board.

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