Irish “Beef” Stew

While looking for recipes to try for this week, I came across this one. I have never really had “Irish Stew” before, and this recipe got really good reviews, so I thought I would try it. Man, was this stew GOOD! Man, was this a lot of work! No, it wasn’t that much work, but it IS time-consuming. I had to make sure I had enough time in my day to make this one! I pretty much followed the directions with this one, except, since I used fake beef (Gardein Beefless Tips), I did not salt it. This stew made the whole house smell so good! We all liked this here (especially my husband- I lost count on how many bowls he had).

rating: 9.8

Irish Beef Stew
(http://www.simplyrecipes.com/)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)- I used 3 bags of Gardein Beefless Tips
6 large garlic cloves, minced
6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth- I used vegetarian “beef” broth
1 cup of Guinness beer- I used another similar beer that is vegetarian
1 cup of fine red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce- I used vegetarian 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
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley- I omitted

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Working in batches if necessary, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until nicely browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over. Continue to cook in this manner until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, 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. While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

3. 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. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving

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