From Christina: Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Usually I fix the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal…but this year, I wanted to be a little different. Fortunately, author Tricia Andersen stepped in to offer her recipe for Irish Beef Stew. This is what we’ll be having on the 17th! I wanted to share it here a few days ahead of the holiday so that you’ll have time to do a bit of grocery shopping too if you’d like to serve this for your family and friends.
Irish Beef Stew Recipe
Since both my husband and I are both part Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal in our house. I get a little crazy and try to make a special dinner for my family. A couple of years ago I found this Irish Beef Stew Recipe on AllRecipes.com. I hope it’s a hit with your family like it is with mine!
Quick note from Christina: The recipe calls for stout beer. Since no one in our family imbibes, I’m planning to substitute beef broth with maybe a pinch of ginger and/or Worcestershire sauce. Below the recipe I’ve included an “alcohol substitution” link.
Original recipe makes 8 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 white onion, cut into large chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups beef broth
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness®)
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss beef cubes with flour to coat, then fry in the hot oil until browned. Place the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic in a large slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables. Mix together the beef broth and tomato paste and pour into the slow cooker along with the beer.
Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 8 hours. During the last hour before serving, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water and then stir into the broth. Simmer on the High setting for a few minutes to thicken.