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The Gardener's Kitchen: Irish Stew

Updated on October 28, 2011

Irish Stew

My maternal grandmother was Irish and consequently St. Patrick’s day was celebrated at home. Food played a major role and we either had corned beef and cabbage or Irish Stew. Of the two, my favourite dish was my grandmother’s Iris Stew and over the years I have modified here recipes for the slow cooker.

My grandmother always used lamb in her stew and it was delicious. However, there have been a number of times when I was unable to find lamb or the lamb that I found was too expensive so I began to sue beef. Either way, this is a great meal for your St. Patrick’s day dinner.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs of chopped lamb or beef (cubed), I usally use beef but it is also delicious with lamb

1/4 cup of gluten-free flour

21/2 cups carrots sliced

2 celery stalk

1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, you can adjust this adding more or less according to your taste

1 teaspoons of sea salt

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon basil

1 tablespoon parsley

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup diced parsnip, now, not being a fan of parsnips, I have left this out.

Preparations:

1- Put meat on the bottom of a 2 quart crock pot.

2- Add enough warm water to cover the meat completely (between 2-3 cups).

3- Then add the flour mix. Stir until the mix is completely dissolved and there are no lumps.

4- Add the seasoning and vegetables. Mix well.

5- Set on high and cook a minimum of 6 hours.

When you are ready to serve and feel that the stew is too liquid, simply remove some broth. Let stew coo land then mix in 2-3 tablespoons flour mix to the broth you have drained off. Bring this to a boil until it thickens.

Add to stew and serve.

This is a fairly simple meal to make, especially using the slow cooker which allows you to prepare the ingredients before hand and then add them the next day. This way you have more time to enjoy a glass of Guinness with family and fiends and are not stuck in the kitchen preparing the meal.

You may want to get some green carnations for yoru centerpiece while the green carnation is most likely sprayed green it has come to eb a symbol of St. Patrick’s day.

Painted or not the green carnations will add to the festive atmosphere.


courtesy flickr/The Bex
courtesy flickr/The Bex

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

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    Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

    I love Irish stew, Bob. Normally I go for corned beef on St. Paddy's day, but this year I think I'll try your recipe for the slow-cooker stew. Thanks!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I didn't but that's a good topic.

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    LOL, I'd better leave now if I'm traveling to another country. Ahhhh...didn't you write a hub on how to pack a suitcase really quick and neat and fast!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Stew's up at 7 pm AST

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    I remember my mom cooking lamb stew and the aroma that filled our home was heavenly. I like EASY so the crockpot is a winner for me and I like Anna Marie's comment of 1/2 lamb and 1/2 beef. But REAL EASY would be joining Anna Marie at Bob's for dinner! See ya in while, Bob. What time will the stew be ready?

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    A good bottle of dry red wine will get you an invite.:)

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    Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

    I want to go to Bob's house for dinner!!!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is what is cooking in my slow cooker right now, the beef version that is. the aroma has spread throughout the house. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Envoy 8 years ago from USA

    I love to use my slow cooker.

    I have never cooked with lamb I may have to try this it sounds delicious! :)

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Now that would be good, thanks for stopping by.

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    Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

    I LOVE Irish Stew!! My grandma always used 1 lb beef, and 1/2 lb lamb, mostly because lamb is a little more expensive. Yummy either way!!!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I like bay leaf and have a hub planned around it

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    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

    Thanks for the recipe! I'm finding bay leaves really add someting special to many dishes. Thumbs up!

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