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Monday, April 22, 2013

Drunken Irish Stew

It's Secret Recipe Club time and I got a FABULOUS blog this month.  In fact, the day we were assigned our blogs, I started reading it.  And, that evening on the way home we stopped at the grocery to buy stew beef so I could make this fantastic recipe. 

Don't you just want to grab a spoon and sit down with a bowl of that deliciousness?  I did and you can too!

Typically, I sit down with a blank piece of paper and make a list of the recipes I want to try.  Then, I go back through them and print half a dozen or so for Connie to read.  Then, once we've decided on one, I make it.  In the event we don't like it, I go back and make a second recipe...  I realized about 20 recipes into Amy's blog that I'd written down every one I'd read...  Hmmm, my normal method was not going to work. 

So, what is it about another blogger that makes you want to try everything on their blog?  Similar tastes.  In Amy's case, she's got such a wonderful way with seasoning.  All the flavors just pop off the page at you.  Her recipes are super approachable.  For example, Salisbury steak.  When I went back to get the links to her blog that's what her most recent post was.  Something I've never been terribly fond of because it's kind of blah.  But, in reading her recipe, she's got pizzazz in there.  It's a recipe we'll be trying.  Along with MANY others from her blog.

Here's how you find Amy:  The Savvy Kitchen.  I hope you'll enjoy Amy and her hubby Chris as much as I have!  Then, you can see other recipes from my fellow Secret Recipe club members below and at Secret Recipe Club.  To see Amy's original recipe go to Drunken Irish Stew.

What did we think?  Well, I was tempted to just stand at the slow cooker and eat dinner, but manners won out.  I did omit flouring the beef cubes prior to browning them and instead thickened the stew when I got home from the office.  This is the kind of dish slow cookers are made for.  That being said, this would also be wonderful tucked into the oven in a dutch oven for a few hours. 

Drunken Irish Stew


3 cups diced russet potatoes, peel them if you prefer
1 1/2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T olive oil
2 lbs stew beef, cubed
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T olive oil
2 c low sodium beef broth
3/4 c red wine
3/4 c Guinness beer
4 oz can tomato paste (the recipe called for 2T)
1 T white sugar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t dried thyme
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper  to taste
2 T cornstarch


Put the vegetables in the bottom of your crockpot.  Brown the beef cubes in batches so they'll brown and not steam. 

As you're browning the last batch, add the garlic.  You want it to bloom and not brown.  Put the meat in the crockpot

and add some oil to the pan.  Add the sauce ingredients.  Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to release all the fond.  Pour the sauce over the vegetables and meat.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours and low for 6-9.  About 30 minutes prior to serving the stew, thicken it with about 2T of cornstarch mixed with an equal amount of water.

adapted from The Savvy Kitchen.  Thank you so much Amy!!!


TheSavvyKitchen said...

You're so sweet! I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. Can't wait to read through your blog :)

Jen @JuanitasCocina said...

The fact that you made this in the crockpot almost guarantees that this will be made in my kitchen! YUM!

Feast on the Cheap said...

This looks so hearty and delicious. YUM. I bet it saves really well

RebekahRose said...

Oh YUMM that looks absolutely delicious!! Definitely saving this one. I love beef stew. :)

Eat Laugh Love said...

Can't get enough beef stew. Looks terrific and wonderful it's made in the slow cooker. Thanks for sharing.


Melissa said...

Mmm...this stew looks amazing! Our weather hasn't decided what season it is yet, so I'll make this on our next wintery day :)

Louise said...

Hi there Kate:) I had your blog for the SRC reveal this month:) I am so sorry about the very late post, as I had technical issues which could not be fixed due to being on a plane at the time. the post is up now--sorry for the orphan scare!

Rhonda said...

You can't go wrong with drunken, even if it's stew!

Veronica Gantley said...

Love beef stew! What a great recipe and looks super tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

Debra Eliotseats said...

This looks delish! I may have to make it tomorrow.

Today's high: 75
Tomorrow's high: 44

What the heck?

Great SRC choice, Kate.

Liz Berg said...

My resident Irishman would love this stew...and so would I!

PS..Bill and I were both raving about every single dish in your sweet care package!!! And I'm so glad to see Giada's chicken salad right below this post...extremely yummy! Thanks for your thoughtfulness! xo

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

My hubby would love this stew!!! Your dish looks and sounds incredibly tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

Karen - Cinnamon Freud said...

Yum- I love a good stew. Nothing better than a warm meal from your crockpot at the end of a long day.

Trisha said...

That is one hearty beef stew! Just looking at it makes you feel good!!! Stopping by from Group A!

I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to be a part of it -

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

It's still chilly here in Philly (spring is toying with us) and a bowl of this would sure hit the spot right now!

Kristy Gardner said...

drunken anything is always a good idea. except maybe singing. or motorcycle speed racing.

but irish stew is definitely a good idea :)

Happy SRC reveal from a group C member!!

Karen W. said...

Kate, I made this last week and it was fantastic! It has such a beautiful rich flavor. I used New Belgium 1554 beer instead of Guinness. Thanks for posting this recipe.

Vada said...

This is cool!