I followed the recipe exactly and I think it would have turned out really good except that I used an extra stout beer which made the stew really bitter. Fortunately, I found a nother recipe that called for extra stout beer + 3/4C chopped prunes to offset the bitterness. I had some prunes on hand so I added them and cooked it for another 45 minutes. Those prunes saved the dish and disintegrate into the broth almost completely. Next time I make it I'll use half beef broth
and half beer + the prunes. Mmmm.
A couple of reviewers have mentioned using Guinness beer without the stew being bitter. Don't make the mistake of thinking all Guinness is equal. There is a huge difference between canned/bottled Guinness Draught beer and Guinness Extra Stout beer (available in bottles only - without the little widget that makes the Draught beer foamy). Guinness Extra Stout has double the alcohol and significantly more hops than its Draught cousin. If you make this recipe with Guinness Extra Stout you WILL have a bitter stew on your hands.
I am giving this recipe 4 stars because of the calcannon. 1/4 cup of milk was not nearly enough and I ended up using three times that amount to get the consistency I wanted. I also "made it naughty" by using 1/2 C butter + 2 teaspoons of the rendered bacon fat (I omitted the salt). Not exactly healthy but oh so good!
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I followed the recipe exactly and I think it would have turned out really good except that I...