A great stew! Our bacon was of the peppered variety, so left off any additional salt and pepper (thankfully, as there was plenty of both). The chuck steaks were a dollar per pound cheaper, so bought a little over two pounds and cubed them. Also, could not find Guinness, so used Coors and don't know if this made a difference. To the beef (not chicken) stock, added some cleaned baby portabella mushrooms and liquified in the blender so that DH could not distinguish them, as he will not eat mushrooms if he can see them, lol. Used baby carrots with great success and left out the celery. Completely forgot the thyme, both at the store and while cooking, but will try to remember this next time. Near the end of cooking, thickened the gravy somewhat by removing some of the juices to cool and mixing in flour. Also made the mashed potatoes with very little butter and cream and no additional salt or pepper because of salt and pepper in the stew itself. Very tasty, as are all of Chef John's creations!
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A great stew! Our bacon was of the peppered variety, so left off any additional salt and...