Stout beef stew is something that I tried in Ireland for the first time, and to be honest, this is one of my favourite dishes now. 2 years ago I took a 10 days vacation and traveled around Ireland a bit to try different versions of Irish stews. And the way people cook it heavily depends on the county.
One of my friends asked me to post more about different versions of Irish stew, so I will start with the one that I think is the best in the country – the Guinness beef stew that they serve on Aran islands in the small cafe near Dún Aonghasa.
That stew is very thick, the meat is soft since it was stewed for the long hours before serving. They serve it with mash potatoes and few mushrooms (which I don’t think is very traditional isn’t it?). The main thing there is the taste of Guinness – its very distinguished and adds a little bit of a sweet note to the whole dish.