My former college roommate Kristine, is an Irish woman through and through! Most of her extended family and friends still live in Ireland. She was kind enough to share her family recipes with me so I could pass them on to you.
I will send out a recipe weekly for the next few weeks and you can create a wonderful meal for all your friends.
Week 1 – Guinness Beef Stew in a Crock Pot
8-10 red potatoes, skin on, quartered
6 carrots, peeled, sliced into thick chunks
2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
3 bay leaves
3 lbs stew meat, cubed (chuck works well)
½ cup flour
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper
1 dash garlic powder
2-3 Tbsp olive oil, more if needed
1 medium onion, diced
4 large garlic cloves, minced
8 oz baby portabella mushrooms, halved
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
10 ¾ oz beef broth (can use consommé)
1 (13g) envelope dried onion soup mix
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp beef pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp spicy seasoning (e.g., creole seasoning like Tony Chachere’s)
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
12 oz beer (Guinness, draught or stout)
1 cup frozen peas
- Put potato, carrot, celery in bottom of crock pot. Top with 2 bay leaves.
- Season flour with dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Coat beef with the flour mixture. Heat a couple of Tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and add 1 bay leaf. Sauté beef in batches, just until browned. Add more oil to pan as necessary for each batch. Remove and set aside.
- Add onion and garlic to the same pan and sauté over medium heat for a few minutes, then add about half of the beef froth to de-glaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
- Add meat and onions to crock pot, top with mushrooms.
- Mix remaining beef broth with tomato sauce, onion soup mix, remaining seasoning, and add to crock pot. Pour in as much of beer as will fit into crock pot – do not overfill.
- Cook 8 hours on low heat. Can cook for shorter period of time on medium heat, then shift to low heat midway through. Stir in frozen peas when done.
[Adapted from Recipe by C. Walsh on Food.com]
NEXT WEEK!! We add a side dish called Colcannon……