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Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas

Updated on November 11, 2013

ThisTraditional Irish Stew recipe has evolved over the years and generations from G-ma.

This Traditional Irish Stew recipe has evolved over the decades to the recipe it is at presently from my G-ma. I can remember as a youngster on the farm the many times my G-ma used to make this Irish stew with me assisting her with washing and cleaning all of the veggies. I was too young to wield a knife. To make the Irish stew G-ma would immediately start after all of the outside chores were done because it took all day to properly prepare the Irish stew.

First, she would gather all of the ingredients together and put them on the kitchen table. The veggies that needed cleaning from the garden were put out on the enclosed back-porch table by the sink for me to clean while she gathered all of the necessary kitchen items needed to prepare and cook the Irish stew. After she had everything laid out she would start cutting up the beef stew meat. I know; traditional Irish stew is prepared with lamb but since everyone grew up eating beef and it was raised on the farm, beef was more readily available. As with any recipe, you will find recipes will vary from one recipe to another. As long as there are two people they each will have their own adaptation of the same recipe over the generations as with this Irish stew recipe.

Once G-ma had the beef stew meat chopped up I had the veggies pretty well cleaned and ready for her to start chopping and dicing them. Once everything was ready to put in the boiling pot G-ma would start adding everything. As she would methodically work around the kitchen I would sit at the kitchen table and watch her in amazement at how she moved around the kitchen like a ballet dancer performing at the Grand Ballet on stage. Needless to say, these are times spent with G-ma that will live on in my memories. Oh, by the way, the Irish stew and Irish soda bread turned out perfectly every time she made them.

Anyway, this Irish stew recipe has used G-maâs base stew ingredients, directions and has been adapted by including more favorable ingredients, Guinness Stout and the use of a slow cooker instead of having to tend to a boiling pot on the stove all day. With the slow cooker all of the main ingredients can be prepared, added to the slow cooker, covered, set it and forget it until it is time to add the remaining ingredients in the last hour or so. I hope you enjoy this traditional Irish stew recipe and will prepare it for St. Patrickâs Day coming up; or any other time of the year when you feel like a good wholesome stew that is also a comfort food. Slainte & Bon Appetit!

Irish Stew and Guinness Stout
Irish Stew and Guinness Stout

Irish Stew History & Origin

Traditional Irish stew is a celebrated dish...

Traditional Irish stew is a celebrated dish that comes from Ireland and was recognized as early as the 1800's. Irish stew is traditionally made using mutton or lamb. The meat used is the neck, chops or leg because they are from an older sheep, more than a year old, and no more viable economically. The meat is slowly simmered for a few hours so the meat is tenderer enough to eat.

Irish stew (aka stobhach / stobhach Gaelach) also has onions, potatoes and parsley added to the stew along with the meat. Sometimes it may also include carrots. However, there seems to be a difference of opinion as to the stew's composition because everyone has their own way of making Irish stew. Purists insist that Irish stew's only ingredients are portions of the neck or shoulder of the mutton as well as onions, potatoes and water. The non-traditionalists will add such ingredients as pearl barley, turnips and carrots. The purists say the only thing those added ingredients do is ruin the flavor of the Irish stew.

I think, purist or not, the way Irish stew is prepared is a matter of personal preference whether it is made the way the purist make it or the way the non-purist make it. As long as you serve Guinness Stout with the Irish stew that makes the Irish stew an authentic traditional dish.

If you would like to read more information about "Irish Stew" I have included the URL here for you to copy and paste in your browser to visit the website:

"Irish Stew" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_stew

Traditional Irish Stew served in bowl
Traditional Irish Stew served in bowl

St. Patrick's Day is coming soon and if you don't have anything planned for dinner yet I would like to suggest you try this wholesome, delicious Traditional Irish stew similar to my G-mas'. I think you would enjoy the stew along with a loaf of Irish soda bread. And, of course, a couple pints of Guinness stout to go with the dinner. Slainte & Bon Appetit!

Serving Size

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 3 -4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast; trimmed; cut bite size cubes
  • 3 cups beef or chicken stock; (low-sodiums); or to top off as needed
  • 1 cup dry red wine or 1 cup Burgundy wine; divided (See NOTE #2*)
  • 2 cups Guinness stout beer; divided (See NOTE #2*)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 medium potatoes; peeled & cut in 2-inch chunks
  • 1 large turnip; peeled & cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 bag baby carrots; cleaned
  • 6 celery stalks; cut 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion; diced
  • 3 leeks split; cut 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 garlic cloves; minced; divided
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary; chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme; chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley; chopped
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Marinaded Beef Cubes:
  2. chopped beef cubes
  3. 1/2 cup dry red wine
  4. 1 cup Guinness stout
  5. 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp pepper
  8. half of the minced garlic.
  9. 1. Large Bowl; add and mix all ingredients well before covering bowl with saran wrap to seal.
  10. 2. Place large bowl in refrigerator overnight to let beef cubes marinate.
  11. 3. After about 4 hours in refrigerator; stir marinated beef cubes. Return to refrigerator.
  12. 4. Next morning; remove the marinated beef cubes from refrigerator.
  13. 5. Remove beef cubes from bowl and reserve the remaining marinade.
  14. ------ Bouquet Garni ------
  15. Wrap bay leafs, chopped rosemary, thyme and parsley in cheesecloth and tied at the top with butcher string.
  16. ------ Traditional Irish Stew ------
  17. 1. Spray slow cooker with no-stick cooking spray.
  18. 2. Add potatoes & turnip to bottom of slow cooker.
  19. 3. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  20. 4. Toss flour with beef cubes to coat well.
  21. 5. Heat oil in skillet and brown beef cubes - do not cook thoroughly.
  22. 6. Remove beef cubes and place in the slow cooker.
  23. 7. Add onions, leeks, carrots, celery and garlic to the skillet and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  24. 8. Remove from heat and add everything to the slow cooker.
  25. 9. Pour the remaining marinade into the hot skillet, stirring to scrape off any fond from pan.
  26. 10. Add can of beef or chicken stock, remaining wine and Guinness; stirring to combine.
  27. 11. Pour hot liquid into slow cooker just enough to cover meat and vegetables about 1-inch over top.
  28. 12. Add the Bouquet Garni to slow cooker.
  29. 13. Cover and cook on LOW setting 8 - 10 hours or on HIGH setting 5 - 6 hours.
  30. 14. Stir slow cooker occasionally to thoroughly mix all ingredients up.
  31. 15. About 60 minutes before serving; stir in frozen peas.
  32. 16. Irish Stew should have formed thick gravy on its own. Check Irish stew for seasonings. Adjust to taste.
  33. 17. If gravy is a bit thin, thicken with a paste of cornstarch & cold water until nicely thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  34. 18. Turn slow cooker off and let rest for about 15 minutes uncovered before serving.
  35. 19. Ladle about 1 cup Irish stew into stew bowls and sprinkle evenly with parsley for garnish.
  36. 20. Serve Irish stew with Irish soda bread or other crunchy artisan bread or rolls.
  37. 21. Lastly, don't forget to serve the Guinness Stout beer with the Irish stew. Slainte!
  38. Serves: 6
  39. NOTES:
  40. This recipe is very versatile so it can be adapted to your family's tastes if you choose.
  41. Marinade and red dry wine are optional if desired. This helps add more flavor to the Irish stew.
  42. Guinness Stout can be substituted with another premium dark beer. The beer is optional if desired.
  43. Beef stew meat can be substituted with equal amount of the lamb's neck, shoulder or leg if you choose.
  44. * Vegan: Meat can be substituted with portobella mushrooms and chicken stock or water used in place of beef stock.
  45. * NOTE:
  46. The Guinness Stout is an optional ingredient. If you don't like a strong Stout beer another premium dark beer can be substituted for the Guinness during the marinade or cooking stage. Using the Guinness really makes the Irish stew traditional. If you want to omit the Guinness completely you can substitute extra stock or water in place of the Guinness. Another alternative is to add a little extra red wine, to taste, in place of the Guinness during the marinade or cooking stage. However, if you want to substitute, adapt or omit the Guinness and the red wine in the recipe it is completely up to you and your family's tastes.
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Traditional Irish Stew - Savory bowl of Irish stew

Savory Irish stew served in a bowl
Savory Irish stew served in a bowl

Soup vs. Stew Debate - There has been a lot of debate over soups vs. stews and which is best. Please take a moment of your time and respond. Thank You!

What is your favorite; soups or stews?

I love soups the best!

I love soups the best!

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    • Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      @DebMartin: Thank You DebMartin for your reply and visit. I enjoy chowders as they are a nice change from soups and stews. Actually, a chowder is always made with three basic ingredients; milk, potatoes and onions. Stews are made with thick chunky pieces of meat or veggies and soups usually have a smooth consistency. All three are classified separately. Hope this helps.

    • DebMartin 3 years ago

      hmmm. Don't know. I love chowders best, which is probably more on the soup side.

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @ConvenientCalendar: Are you sure it's not stew? LOL!!! I'll have to agree with you ConvenientCalendar as soup is sometimes for dinner during the Summer. Thanks for visiting and reply as I really appreciate it. Bon Appetit & Have a Great Day!

    • ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      soup! It's what's for dinner!

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: Sounds good chaltom. I appreciate your comment and visit. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

    • Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Soup is the best!

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @VIPMaster: Sounds good VIPMaster! You discovered the cure for it here! LOL!!! Hope you try the stew and will enjoy it. Thank You for your visit and reply. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

    • VIPMaster 4 years ago

      I'm hungry now!!

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @CrazyHomemaker: You are welcome CrazyHomemaker. I really appreciate your visit and gracious comment. Your meal planning sounds good and you are right about the weekend where you can take your time and put all of your love and care into making the Irish stew. Again; Thank You & Bon Appetit! (^_-)

    • CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      I love both. I eat soup almost every day for lunch. I'll make a big pot on Sunday and put it in jars to take to work. Stew is for weekends. Your version looks like a really great one. I'll have to try it. Thanks.

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @pickyshopper: Sounds good pickyshopper. Thank you for stopping by and your response. i really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

    • pickyshopper 4 years ago

      like 'em both ... make 'em both ... esp. in fall and winter

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @greytdogz: Sounds good greytdogz. I always feel there is a time and a place for both but I still enjoy a hearty stew anytime. I appreciate you stopping by for a visit and your reply. Hope you give the stew a try to maybe you will like stews a little bit better. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @cleanyoucar: Sounds good cleanyourcar. i appreciate the response and visit. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @hovirag: Thank You for your visit and comment as I appreciate it. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

    • greytdogz 4 years ago

      This was not easy to answer because I love both - especially in the winter. They are both great comfort food. I make both from scratch, and what we often have during the colder season. Always a favorite.

    • cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Hot soup for me

    • hovirag 4 years ago

      I love both but as a child we always had soup for lunch so I take that side :)

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @EsotericAllusion: You are welcome EsotericAllusion. I appreciate your compliment about the state of the Irish stew recipe being rich and comforting. Needless to say, you don't have to wait until one of those cold winter evenings as you can enjoy this Irish stew and soda bread whenever you feel in the mood for some delicious stew that is also comforting. Thank You for your visit and reply. Bon Appetit! (^_^).

    • EsotericAllusion 4 years ago

      My grandmother did make Irish stew, it was pretty plain though. Yours sounds very rich, luxurious and comforting. I will be sure to try cooking this recipe, on one of those cold winter evenings when I am snug and warm inside.

    • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Thank You elynmac for your comment and visit as i really appreciate it. Instead of using meat you can substitute portobello mushrooms in place of it. The recipe is versatile and hope you will give the recipe a try and enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

    • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like both. Ha ha! But it has to be thick. I like swallowing thicker liquids - like pumpkin soup, or light stew. But I think I will say soup - because I don't like meat that much.

    I love stews the best!

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      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @fiercerulingdiva: You bet fiercerulingdiva! Thanks for your visit and reply as i appreciate it. Enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit!

      • fiercerulingdiva 4 years ago

        I love stews..nothing like a big bowl of stew on a cold winter's day

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @KDGrayson: That sounds like a really good plan KDGrayson! There are some Irish soups you might check out and maybe enjoy them on a rainy day too. I appreciate your comment and visit to my lens. Hope you enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit!

      • KDGrayson 4 years ago

        Both have their own place and time, soups I enjoy with a sandwich, very often on a rainy day I must have soup. Other times I want something more hearty and not as liquid, more of a main course

        with crusty artisan bread and lot's of butter!

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @athomemomblog: That is about the way I enjoy both as well athomemomblog. I appreciate your visit and reply. Bon Appetit! Thank You & Have a Great Day!

      • Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

        I don't actually have a favorite . . . I like them both. A light soup on a summer day is perfect, just as a hearty stew is ideal on a cold winter's day.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @nicenet: That sounds good nicenet. You can be assured the stew is delicious as well as the other recipes I have written for soups. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

      • nicey 4 years ago

        I like both especially if it is delicious.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @anonymous: That sounds like a nice scenario TandCrecruitment! Thank you for stopping by my lens and leaving a comment as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I love stew on a cold and frosty winters day after a shopping trip, come home, fire on, and take a beautiful lamb stew from the slow cooker oooooooooh yummy

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @DanielleStorm: Sounds good DanielleStorm. There is nothing like a good hearty stew that you can sink your teeth into and feel satisfied after eating. Thank You for your visit and response to this debate. Hope you enjoy the stew and delicious soda bread. Bon Appetit!

      • DanielleStorm 4 years ago

        stews, they have more substance to me.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @captainj88: Oh no! You don't want to do that! If you chew until your teeth fall out you won't be able to enjoy the next hearty delicious bowl of Irish stew! LOL!!! Anyway, I want to Thank You for your visit and comment as they are really appreciated. Bon Appetit!

      • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

        Stew. I want to chew my food until my teeth fall out.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @Jogalog: That sounds good Jogalog! I appreciate your visit and reply concerning the stew/soup debate. Thank You & Have a Great Day! (^_^)

      • Jogalog 4 years ago

        stew as it makes a more filling meal.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @MarcellaCarlton: Sounds good MarcellaCarlton. I'd have to give your stew a try. You can make this stew without the alcohol if you have youngsters or don't care for alcohol in your cooking. The stew can be made both ways if desired. Hope you do give this recipe a try and will enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and reply. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @writerkath: Thank you KathyT. I know what you mean in the way of making a decision. You will have to give this stew a try to help with your decision. Once you try the stew you it will help you decide...STEW!!! I appreciate your visit and reply. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @wleon63: I agree wleon63. Thank You for your visit and comment. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

      • MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

        I make a mean stew myself and it doesn't contain any alcohol. Love it.

      • writerkath 4 years ago

        Hard to decide... this particular recipe has me thinking STEW!!! :)

      • wleon63 4 years ago

        I have to go with stew, every single time. Stew is just so much more filling - especially IRISH STEW. Mmm. :}

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @GardenerDon: That sounds good gardenerdon. I couldn't agree more. I appreciate your visit and reply. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

      • Gardener Don 4 years ago

        Stews, hands down. Especially with a rich dark brown, stout infused gravy & lots of vege's.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @Aunt-Mollie: When a good hot, full hearty meal is needed; stews are go to-s. When a good hot, full light meal is needed; soups are go to-s. Anyway, that is my philosophy and I have to agree with you. I appreciate your visit and response. Thank You Aunt-Mollie! Bon Appetit! (^_-)

      • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

        Stews are my favorite because they are a full meal.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @tonybonura: That's "OK" tonyb56586! I don't mind as the response is always welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @tonybonura: I agree tonyb56586. They will definitely stick to your ribs. i appreciate your stopping by and response. Thank You! Bon Appetit! (^_^)

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @SetlikeJelly: Sounds good SetlikeJelly. And, nothing tastes better than a good hot, hearty bowl of Irish stew with some good Irish Whiskey. I appreciate you stopping by and your response. Bon Appetit & Slainte! (^_^)

      • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        Didn't I just do this? Well it is still a hard choice, but I pick stews because I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy and stews are chewier than soups usually.

        TonyB

      • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        Hard choice here, but I picked stews because I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

        TonyB

      • David 4 years ago from Europe

        I love a good stuff. Soup is fine too but there's no comparison with the flavour and richness. Mmmmm....

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @AntLangston: Sounds good. I appreciate your reply and visit. Thank You! (^_^)

      • AntLangston 4 years ago

        I like to chew so I would have to go with the stew !!

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @Sara Krentz: I agree Moonbeam973. Thank you for your visit and comment. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

      • Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

        I enjoy both, but stews tend to be heartier and thicker.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Can i tempt you with a little bit more Irish stew Tipi to really sway you over? LOL!!! I really appreciate your visit and response. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm a fan of both but your hearty Irish stew is getting the edge right now for sure!

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @Aibrean82: Or any other time of the year in my opinion. I could eat stews no matter what time of year. I know what you mean about comforting. And so delicious at the same time. Hope you will give the stew and soda bread a try when you get the chance. OK! Bon Appetit! (^_-)

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @Scarlettohairy: I agree. Stew has always been my favorite as well. All that is needed is a loaf of Irish soda bread or a nice artisan bread or rolls to sop up the gravy that's left. Which in my opinion is the best part. (^_-)

      • Aibrean82 4 years ago

        Stews! I have loved stews since I was a little girl. There is something so warming and comforting about them, especially on cold, rainy autumn days. Mmmmmm!

      • Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        I love both soup and stew but I'll go with stew. It is more like a full meal to me.

      • Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        @claycath59: Thank You claycath59 for your visit and response. I really appreciate it. Yes, the recipe is versatile and can be adapted to your family's taste. The recipe is the way G-ma made the Irish stew and I pretty much followed her recipe except for the few adaptations made for this household. Thanks for reminding me as I have made new changes to the recipe for people on restricted diets or, like you, don't like to cook or too much alcohol in the recipe. You might want to take a look at the changes and see what you think. Hope you will try the recipe and will enjoy the stew. Hopefully, it won't be too "funky" for you now. Bon Appetit & Have a Great Day! (^_-)

      • claycath59 4 years ago

        Oh good, I'm glad we can skip the beer. I don't mind a little alcohol and there is already Burgandy wine in this but too much alcohol in a recipe makes it taste "funky" to me.

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      Prep Time: 15 Minutes

      Total Time: about 1 Hour

      Serves: 1 loaf, 4 quarters or 14 slices

      Ingredients

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      • 1 teaspoon baking soda - (5 ml)
      • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt - (8 ml) or to taste
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      8. Place the round loaf on the greased cookie sheet.
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      12. Wrap bread in a tea towel; this absorbs some of the soda flavor and keeps it warm.
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      30. Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 2 g,),
      31. Cholesterol 10 mg;
      32. Sodium 240 mg;
      33. Total Carbohydrate 19 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g,
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      35. Percent Daily Value*: Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Fat.
      36. *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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          Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

          @DebMartin: NP! Luv Scott women too DebMartin! Even though I'm more Irish, I part Scott too. You are Welcome!

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          DebMartin 3 years ago

          Fun. Even though I'm a good Scott woman, I love an Irish stew. Thanks. d

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          Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

          @DawnRae64: You are welcome dawnraeb! I appreciate your visit as well as your kind reply. Hope you try the Irish stew as it is the best in my opinion. G-ma was a great cook and I learned a lot from her. Most of the recipe lenses are from G-ma. The old fashion homemade ice creams as well. When you have a moment hope you visit some of the other recipe lenses. Thank You!

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          Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

          I really, really like this lens. The stew sounds delicious!!!! And I liked hearing about G'ma. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my bread lens.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @choosehappy: You have enough for an extra sitting and mind company? LOL!!! Thank You for the visit and response as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

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          Vikki 4 years ago from US

          It really does sound yummy--and now it's time for me to go eat dinner! ;)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @Auriel: Thank You chochay! I appreciate the visit and comment. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

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          Auriel 4 years ago

          great lens..yummy.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @ConvenientCalendar: You are welcome ConvenientCalendar. I appreciate the reply and visit. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit & Have a Great Day!

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          ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

          The Irish stew looks heavenly!

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          fiercerulingdiva 4 years ago

          Great lens..I will not be waiting for St. Patrick's Day to be trying out these recipes !!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @violet6: I appreciate your comment and visit to my lens. Hope you will try and enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit!

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          violet6 4 years ago

          The stew recipe looks delicious!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @elenamalpighi: You are welcome elenamalpighi! I appreciate your visit and reply. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

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          elenamalpighi 4 years ago

          MMany thanks for shareing for sharing all this precious resources!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @athomemomblog: No Guinness, athomemomblog! LOL!!! Another dark premium beer will work just as well if no Guinness is available or one you enjoy better. I would say that is just one of the perks while working. Was it all you could eat...LOL!!! Anyway, Thanks for your visit and comment as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy this stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

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          Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

          I used to work in an Irish bar here in Guatemala and the owners made a really incredible Irish stew. We rarely got Guinness (I know, how was it an Irish bar?!?!), so we used a local dark beer as part of the broth. As a bartender, I got a free meal for each shift and that was one of my favorites.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @karis10: Thank You karis10! I appreciate your visit and reply. Hope you do give the stew a try and will enjoy it. Bon Appetit!

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          karis10 4 years ago

          hi looks nice might try :)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @LeenaBK LM: WoW! That is a surprise!!! I really do appreciate the "pin", LeenaBK. Thank You! You Have a Great Day!

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          LeenaBK LM 4 years ago

          And yes....pinned it too.

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          LeenaBK LM 4 years ago

          Hi. I love Irish Stew and your version looks really yummy. I'm definitely giving it a try.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @Fridayonmymind LM: That sound really good Fridayonmymind! The stew; not the cold! LOL!!! Thank You for visiting this lens and leaving a comment as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew and soda bread. Bon Appetit!

          Oh...Fridayonmymind is that anything like TGIF? LOL!!!

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          Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

          It's cold outside and the stew is looking good. Yum.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @captainj88: What a wonderful surprise, leahjsongs! You really helped bring out a smile and lift my spirits after reading about being "Pinned". Does that mean we are going steady? LOL!!! Seriously; Thanks for stopping by and the kind words as I really appreciate them. Hope you enjoy the recipes. Bon Appetit!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @mcspocky lm: Thank You mcspocky as I hope you will try the Irish stew and will enjoy it. I really appreciate your visit and reply. Bon Appetit!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Maybe a small bribe might help with your sister-in-law plus a little help in the kitchen might work for some good homemade stew. That really sounds good davespeed! I hope you enjoy the hearty and delicious Irish stew and a cold Guinness! I really appreciate the visit and your reply. Bon Appetit!

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          This stew and the bread and everything look delightful. Pinned to my "Favorite Recipes" board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

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          mcspocky lm 4 years ago

          I would love to try the stew, it's looks very yummy.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I wish I had a bowl of Irish Stew and a pint of Guinness Stout right now! I'm afraid I'm not much of a cook in the kitchen, but my sister-in-law is - I'll have to see if I can't get her to make some stew. Enjoyed your lens.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: You are welcome simpledimple.Thank You for your visit and reply as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          i love stew. thanks for sharing!!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @CuriousBoy: Thank you CuriousBoy for your visit and reply as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the recipes and Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          CuriousBoy 4 years ago

          Very interesting recipes - eager to try them all

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @francescajohnston: You are welcome francescajohnston! I appreciate the visit and comment. Hope you enjoy the stew. Thank You & Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          francescajohnston 4 years ago

          Great Lens! The stew looks yummy - can't wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @SheilaMilne: I appreciate your visit and comment. This late response is due to a recent blizzard and laptop being non-responsive and doing it's own thing lately. I usually make it a point to respond to someone visiting my lenses and leaving a reply a lot sooner than this. Please accept my apologies. Sorry! (^_-)

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          SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

          I've never ever heard of Irish stew made with beef! :) We always used lamb though mutton would be better and more traditional, according to my grandmother. When she was being really purist, she would only allow potatoes, onions and mutton best end of neck chops, not even carrots though I do add them myself.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @kevkev227 lm: Thank You kevkev227! I really appreciate your reply and visit to my lens. Have a Great Day! (^_^)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @miaponzo: That sounds good Mia as alcohol is not for everyone's tastes. Anyway, Thanks for your reply and visit as I appreciate it. Enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          kevkev227 lm 4 years ago

          Great recipe lens :)

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          miaponzo 4 years ago

          I LOVE stew! I love Irish stew especially, but without the alcohol :) he he :)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @MarcellaCarlton: Thank You MarcellaCarlton! I really appreciate your compliment on the PS Award. It was a big surprise for me. Have a Great Day! (^_-)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @writerkath: You are welcome KathyT. I appreciate the compliment and visit. (^_-)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @cjbmeb14 lm: You are welcome cjbmeb14! It really pleases me to hear you love Irish stew and will give this stew a try. Thank You for your response and visit. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @wleon63: Thank You wleon63. I really appreciate your visit and comment. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and the lens. Hope you give the stew a try and will enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

          Very good lens. Congrats on your purple star!

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          writerkath 4 years ago

          What a great recipe lens! I loved the interactivity. :)

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          cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

          Love Irish stew will have to try this thanks.

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          wleon63 4 years ago

          Some of the images on here are making me extremely hungry. Lol. I have Irish blood in me so I do appreciate a good Irish Stew. Fantastic lens. Really enjjoyed reading this. Well done.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @GardenerDon: If you noticed in this recipe a turnip is part of the recipe. Turnips were grown more than the parsnips because everyone liked the turnips better and were more available. Parsnips were also used for variety so it wasn't the same tasting each time. If someone likes parsnips more than the turnip they can substitute the parsnip for the turnip instead. Thank You for your visit and reply as I really appreciate it. Hope you try the stew and will enjoy it Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          Gardener Don 4 years ago

          Nice stew recipe. May I suggest a handful of parsnips would make a wonderful addition - I can't imagine any stew without 'em.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @tonybonura: Thank You tonyb56586. I was not aware of that unless i have not gotten to their response. I was going to stop by and give you a "thumbs up" but i hit my limit on that as well. However, be patient as I will get to you and everybody else that has stop by my lens for a visit and given a "thumbs up". OK! Have a Great Day & Thanks! (^_^)

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          Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

          I loved this lens. I wanted to bless it, but looks like you already have your limit.

          TonyB

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @bluelily lm: You are welcome laserays. I appreciate the visit and compliment. Thank You & Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          bluelily lm 4 years ago

          Well! Your lens is very beautifully designed especially your intro image.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank You antsea1984. I appreciate the response and visit. Enjoy making the stew and you ill enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This all sounds amazing!!!! awesome lens!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @greytdogz: The Guinness is a personal preference. I have had it both ways and I prefer the Guinness because the stout helps add another dimension of flavor. You might try using the Guinness in just the marinade step because after you finish marinading the meat you use it in the pan to sauté the veggies and remove the fond from the pan to help thicken the gravy. When you sauté everything some of the alcohol in the Guinness is removed. Of course, it is completely up to you and your family's tastes how you want to fix the stew. Hope that helps. Bon Appetit! (^_-).

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: You are Welcome Tipi! I really appreciate the compliment. The Intro photo is exactly the way the Irish stew looks served in a bowl. Nice-n-thick to where it will stick to your ribs and you have this warm comfortable feeling in your tummy after you finish the stew. I enjoy the stew when it has large chunks of meat and loaded with lots of veggies served with a hot loaf of soda bread; plus a cold Guinness. Thank you for stopping by and you will enjoy the Irish stew. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          greytdogz 4 years ago

          Sounds delish! I don't drink so I wonder if the addition (or elimination) of alcohol will make a difference?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Your intro picture just jumped out, waved and did an Irish jig when I stopped by the Squidoo home page....a stew with a come hither look has to be amazing....beautifully and deliciously done with plenty of yum! :)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @Aibrean82: I agree with you Aibrean82! Reading your reply has me getting hungry now as I would love to go to the Old Country and enjoy some traditional Irish stew and soda bread. I appreciate your visit and response. Thank You & Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          Aibrean82 4 years ago

          Oh, I am sooo going to try these recipes! I lived 6 months in Ireland when I was 25, and was served the world's best Irish stew when I spent two weeks on the Aran Islands. The recipe must have been something like this, and it was served with fresh, warm soda bread. Ohh, my tummy is growling! Must - make - stew - and - bread - now!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @fifta: Thank You for your visit and responding. I am happy to hear you enjoy the recipe and it is making you hungry. To solve that you will have to make the Irish stew now! Hope you enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @chocochipchip: You are welcome chocochipchip! I appreciate your visit and response. Yes, I have heard about putting white beans in the stew also but that is not the real traditional way for Irish stew. Health wise; Irish stew can't be beat. Hope you give the recipe a try and Bon Appetit! "Thank You and Have a Great Day"! (^_^)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @Shopping in PJs: Thank You for your visit and response SavingKathy as I really appreciate it. Hope you give the Guinness stew a try and will enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @LauraHofman: You are welcome FlowerChick. I appreciate the visit and comment. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe and giving the stew a try. I always add the Guinness in both the marinade and the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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          fifta 4 years ago

          Slurrp, what a mouth-watering dish. It makes me hungry

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          chocochipchip 4 years ago

          Your Irish stew looks so delicious. I think it's good for your health too. In our country, we add white beans also to the stew. Thanks for sharing!!!

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          Shopping in PJs 4 years ago

          This looks good! I love making beef stew in my slow cooker. I've never tried making it with beer before - maybe I'll give it a try!

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          Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

          I look forward to making your recipe. The stew looks delicious! We love Guinness so will definitely add it. Great lens...thank you for sharing!

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @LornsA178: Thank You LornsA178 for your visit and comment. Remember, the recipe is versatile so as far as the Guinness is concerned that is up to you to adjust to your family's tastes if you desire. One suggestion; if you would like is to just add the Guinness to the marinade and the meat browning stage and not add the Guinness to the slow cooker stage so you still have a slight Guinness flavor to the stew. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the Irish stew along with a loaf of Irish soda bread. Bon Appetit! (^_-) .

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          LornsA178 4 years ago

          Irish stew makes me hungry, I am craving for it now. I would love to try the similar to your grandma's recipe.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @knitstricken: You are welcome knitstricken! I appreciate the comment and the visit. Hope you enjoy the stew and can add the recipe to your recipe file. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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          knitstricken 4 years ago

          Thank you! I now feel fully equipped to properly prepare the finest Irish stew! Lovely, thorough lens.

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          @DrBillSmithWriter: Thank You, Dr Bill, for your reply and for giving the lens a "blessing". I really do appreciate it. Hope you will try the recipe for St. Paddy's Day and will enjoy it. Bon Appetit & Happy St. Patty's Day! Oh; don't forget the Guinness! Slainte! (^_^)

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          William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

          What fun - being the second Squid-LIke on a neat, new St. Patrick's day themed lens! SquidAngel blessed, as well! ;-)