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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Irish Beef Stew

My husband and I were having a culinary discussion the other evening that centered around traditional Irish Stew (who does that?? he's cute!).  Anyway, so began my search for the perfect Irish Stew...because after you talk about it long enough you have to make it.  And given my fixation with both my crock-pot and quick & easy recipes, I took this recipe, which has great reviews by the way, and turned it into a slow cooker meal.

What You'll Need

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 large garlic cloves, minced
8 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

What to Do

  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

 **my changes: really, I just threw everything into the crock pot and cooked it on high for 1hr and then on low for 8hrs.

Adapted from

2 people are talking about food:

Dulcimer March 11, 2010 9:01 AM  

Mmmm, I will have to try this! Maybe I'll make some Irish soda bread to go with it! :)

Lisa March 11, 2010 9:51 AM  

Irish soda bread would be perfect! If you make it definitely post the recipe!!

ps. I forgot to mention that the recipe makes a lot — be prepared to freeze some of it — or share with friends.;-)

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