St. Patrick's Day Party: Irish Stew

I come from a rich Irish heritage. We love the holiday. It would be nearly blasphemous for us not to! I grew up eating a corned beef and cabbage dinner for the holiday, but I broke the mold after getting married and started making Irish Stew. It is a fabulous and flavorful soup. I have made a few minor adjustments over the years. It is really, really yummy and perfect for a St. Patrick's Day bash. Even the kids gobbled it up!

Irish Beef Stew

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 large garlic cloves, minced
8 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, 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. Meanwhile, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. 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. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

-Makes 4 to 6 servings.
-You can use russets if you prefer.
-We love carrots in our family, so I always double the carrots it calls for. -We love pairing this with Irish Soda Bread. My little sister posted the recipe on her blog HERE.


  1. Mmmm...that looks so good! I've been searching for a good stew recipe, and this one looks complex enough flavor-wise to keep me interested. Not that I'm complex. Anyway, I'll have to try it!

  2. That looks so good, Hannah! Great picture!

  3. Just what I am looking for my St. Pat's get together. Easy and good.

  4. I remember making this last year but used lamb instead. Sooo good!

    I included it on my "A Peek at My Pinterest" St. Patrick's Board post.


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