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Beef and guinness casserole

Serves   6-8
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 4 Hours

Including the pared rind of one orange in this classic dish adds a hint of sweetness under the rich, warm flavours of Guinness. Recipe from Allyson Gofton’s cookbook Slow.





  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 kg lean beef for casserole, lightly warmed
  • 2 Onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 rashers rindless bacon, diced
  • 15 prunes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • rind of one large orange
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cup Guinness
  • 2 cup Beef stock


  1. Turn the slow cooker on to low to pre-warm while gathering and preparing ingredients.
  2. Cut the beef into 2-3cm pieces.
  3. If wishing to brown the ingredients: Brown the beef, onions and bacon well in a dash of oil in a hot frying pan. This will be best done in several batches to avoid the ingredients from stewing rather than browning.
  4. Into the pre-warmed slow cooker put the beef, onions, bacon, prunes, garlic, orange rind and thyme.
  5. Mix together the flour, Guinness and stock to form a smooth mix and pour over the beef. Stir to mix well and cover with the lid.
  6. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve with seasonal vegetables.

Allyson's Tips:

  • If you do not have Guinness, use another dark-style beer.
  • Pare the orange ring thinly to avoid any white bitter pith being added.
  • You can use 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme instead of fresh thyme.