With St. Patrick's day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to make this hearty Irish stew. Especially because it features Ireland's pride and joy, Guinness. While I no longer participate in the typical St. Paddy's day festivities (green beer with green eggs and ham), I still really enjoy doing a little something for the occasion.
St. Patrick's Day holds a special place in my heart and not just because it was always a great party in University. A few years ago my then boyfriend, now husband, and I travelled around Ireland landing us in Dublin for Sr. Patrick's Day. It was an incredible trip and while I wouldn't enjoy the crowds or heavy drinking now, I love that I had that experience.
This Irish stew allows me to celebrate in a way that suits my current lifestyle much better, with food! I love a good stew and pared with the flavours of Guinness, it's a match made in heaven! Even if you don't like the taste of Guinness beer, I bet you will love this Irish Stew. So whether or not you'll be going out and painting the town green for St. Paddy's day, this stew will not disappoint!
- In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the beef in the butter/oil until browned
- Add onions, celery, and garlic and sauté until soft and tender
- Pour in broth, Guinness, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 - 45 mins
- Stir in carrots, potatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer until soft.
- Remove about 1 cup of liquid and put into a small bowl. Add arrowroot starch and whisk until fully combined. Add the mixture back into the stew.
- Simmer for an additional 10 - 15 minutes until the broth has thickened slightly.
- Garnish with more fresh thyme or parsley.
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