A staple dish in any Irish household. The traditional Irish Stew. Brings back memories of coming home from school in the winter. The fire would be lit. The stew would be stewing. The smell of home.
Irish mammies have a knack for cooking and putting a personal touch to a wholesome, hearty dish. For those of us living abroad, however, it's hard to get it right. So, we put together a quick and easy recipe to get that authentic taste of home.
This dish is traditionally made with lamb or mutton but you can substitute that for beef if you prefer.
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
3 pounds of lamb/beef, trimmed of fat
3 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
4 potatoes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
3 1/2 cups of beef stock
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Put the flour in a plastic bag and season well with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the bag and tie it closed. Shake well to coat the meat. You might need to do this in batches. Arrange the meat in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Layer the onions, carrots, and potatoes on top of the meat.
Sprinkle in a wee bit of thyme and pour in the stock, cover and cook in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours. Garnish with parsley and serve straight from the casserole dish.
Enjoy your stew, take a photo, send it to your ma, your da and your neighbour's donkey.
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