Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 4 pounds venison stew meat, cut into 2-inch chunks
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups beef, venison or game stock
- 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout (or other dark stout)
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 ½ pounds small red potatoes (creamers), cut in half
1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour and then cook it until its light brown. You’re cooking the flour taste out of it and making a roux. Take it off the heat and let it cool all the way, then take it out of the pot and keep it somewhere cool.
2. Season 4 pounds of venison stew meat with salt and pepper. Heat a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat and brown evenly. Once the meat is browned, transfer to a large oven-safe pot.
3. Add a little more oil, some onions and garlic to skillet and cook until onions are lightly browned, we’re talking maybe 5 minutes. Dump the whole mess into a large pot with browned meat.
4. Add 4 cups of beef or game stock, 1 bottle of Guinness stout, some brown sugar, thyme, rosemary, 1 ounce of bittersweet chocolate and a couple of bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover with tight-fitting lid or foil and place in the preheated oven for 1 ½ hours. Add some diced carrots and potatoes and cook for another 30 minutes. Stew is done when meat is tender. If it doesn’t break apart with moderate pressure, keep cooking.
5. Remove pot from oven and place over on stovetop over medium heat. Whisk in reserved butter and flour mixture until liquid is thickened. If more liquid is needed for stew, add additional beer and/or stock prior to whisking in butter and flour mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.