Irish Stew

Irish stew is a national dish of Ireland, and rightly so. This comforting stew is filling and delicious. A true taste of Ireland in a bowl.

Depending on the county you visit or are from in Ireland, you will find a different list of ingredients for Irish Stew. For instance, it's a bit of a controversy whether vegetables other than potatoes and onions belong in this stew.

Irish stew is a celebrated Irish dish, yet its composition is a matter of dispute. Purists maintain that the only acceptable and traditional ingredients are neck mutton chops or kid, potatoes, onions, and water. Others would add such items as carrots, turnips and pearl barley; but the purists maintain that they spoil the true flavor of the dish. The ingredients are boiled and simmered slowly for up to two hours. Mutton was the dominant ingredient because the economic importance of sheep lay in their wool and milk produce and this ensured that only old or economically non-viable animals ended up in the cooking pot, where they needed hours of slow cooking. Irish stew is the product of a culinary tradition that relied almost exclusively on cooking over an open fire. It seems that Irish stew was recognized as early as about 1800. – Wikipedia

Irish Stew

Ingredients

  •       6 Servings
  •       2 T  Oil
  •       4 lg Onion, cut in wedges
  •       5 lg Carrots, cut in thick slices
  •       2 ribs celery, Sliced
  •   1 1/2 lb Round steak (or lamb), cut into 1/2″ cubes
  •       6 lg Potatoes, peeled and sliced
  •       3 c  Water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large saucepan or skillet.
  2. Sauté onions in oil.
  3. Add carrots and celery and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add steak to skillet and cook until steak is browned on all sides
  5. Pour in water.
  6. Add potatoes.
  7. Bring to a boil and skim of any foam.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat until meat and vegetables are tender.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  1. If desired, stew can be thickened by mixing 2 tablespoon flour with a little water and adding it to the stew. Heat through until thickened and serve piping hot.
  2. You can also cook in crockpot on low overnight, 7-8 hours, or on high for 3 4 hours.

Irish Stew

Course: Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

An easy Irish Stew recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Oil

  • 4 Lg Onions, cut into wedges

  • 5 Lg Carrots, cut into thick slices

  • 2 Ribs Celery, sliced

  • 1 1/2 lb Round Steak (or lamb)

  • 6 Lg Potatoes, pealed and sliced

  • 1 C Water

  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat oil in large saucepan or skillet.
  • Sauté onions in oil.
  • Add carrots and celery and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add steak to skillet and cook until steak is browned on all sides
  • Pour in water.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Reduce heat and simmer over low heat until meat and vegetables are tender.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  • If desired, stew can be thickened by mixing 2 tablespoon flour with a little water and adding it to the stew. Heat through until thickened and serve piping hot.
  • You can also cook in crockpot on low overnight, 7-8 hours, or on high for 3 4 hours.

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