How to make it

  • If you are using the barley (which you should do if you want a more authentic Irish country stew), cook it for 20 minutes in 3 cups of lamb or beef stock. You'll add to the stew later.
  • Cut off some of the parsley leaves and chop enough to make 2 tablespoons; reserve. Cut off some parsley stems, and tie them into a bundle with a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme; reserve.
  • Season the meat with salt and brown the meat in a little oil. Remove and reserve, sprinkling with a little flour, shaking off excess.
  • Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery to the pan and sauté, tossing to coat with the fat.
  • Add the Guinness and deglaze, scraping up any caramelized meat juices.
  • Add the potatoes, return the meat to the pot -- and the barley if you're using it. Add enough stock to barely cover, cook over medium heat until just boiling, then reduce heat to very low and simmer 2 - 3 hours, until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Check seasonings, add salt and pepper to taste, then remove from heat, stir in parsley and the cornstarch (mixed into 4 teaspoons water) and stir.
  • Cook over low heat for a few more minutes to thicken. Serve with plenty of Irish brown or white soda bread, and more Guinness if you like.

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  • mikeshirer 10 years ago
    I am going to try this it sounds great
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    " It was excellent "
    dlberka ate it and said...
    Oh my, just what I craved on a cold San Francisco night. My daughter made off with the leftovers and reported that "it was one of those dinners where no one speaks...just intent eating."
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