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Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day: Blog Crawl and Irish Stew

Hello Friends. 

I'm excited to be joining Cuisine Kathleen for her annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl.  I hope you will join me as we celebrate this fun holiday with fellow bloggers. 
Today I am sharing my recipe for Irish Stew.  The original recipe came from Jeff Smith aka the Frugal Gourmet.  However, I have changed the recipe so much that I now call it mine.
 Irish Stew
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Bay Leaves
2 Pounds Beef Stew Meat, cut into 1 1/2-2 inch pieces
1 Large Onion, peeled and sliced
2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
6 Tablespoons Flour
2 Cups Beef Stock
1 Bottle Beer
1/2 Pound Carrots, chopped
2 Potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2-2 inch pieces
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Flat Parsley, chopped

Heat 6-quart casserole or pot  and add oil and bay leaves.  Cook the bay leaves for a moment and the add the beef.  Brown the beef , on high, thoroughly.  Add the sliced onion and cook until translucent.  Reduce the heat and add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, and flour.  Stir until smooth.  Cook for a few moments to allow the flour to cook. 

Add the beer and beef stock.  Simmer while stirring until the stew thickens.  Add the remaining ingredients except parsley.  Stir, cover, and place in the oven preheated to 275* for two hours, stirring occasionally.
Before serving, add the parsley and check to see if it needs more salt or pepper.  I like to serve this with Irish Soda Bread.  I will be sharing Ina Garten's recipe tomorrow.  



  1. This looks really good La! Bet it makes the house smell great too. I'll be joining the Blog Crawl later:@)

  2. Thanks for sharing! Might have to try this!

  3. Yum! This sounds a lot like my regular stew only I add red wine! I have to try it with beer. I may even put it in the stew! lol!


  4. That looks so good. Wish Don would eat stew.

  5. OK! NOw this is a fabulous stew! I love the use of beer!!!!! This will be on my menu!

  6. It looks delicious, La! I've made a similar beef stew with Guinness sout! I'll be joining Kathleen's meme tomorrow.

  7. Hi La!
    Thanks for joining in! The stew looks delicious and I love your pipers above! My bil is a piper, born in Ireland too!

  8. Thank you Kathleen for your Irish stew recipe! I love stew, I'm going to make it tomorrow this new vertion of it!
    Thank you for hosting again, I'm having a great time with my St. Pat's tablescape.


  9. This is a tasty stew for sure. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make this!!!


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