Irish Beef Stew and a St. Patrick’s Day Menu

I post this recipe for Irish Beef Stew every March, as a nod to St. Patrick’s day and all things Irish. In the past 2 years, the photo and recipe photo have made the rounds on the web, seemingly acquiring a life of their own, attracting a following, favorited, pinged, tweeted and pinned. They are more popular than me. According to my year-end stats, for the past 2 years Irish Beef Stew was the top ranked TasteFood blog post of 2012 and 2013. Pretty impressive for a no-nonsense beef stew in a cast-iron green pot. Perhaps it’s due to  the bottle of Guinness dumped in the stock – or maybe a touch of luck of the Irish. No matter the case, it’s March once again and St. Paddy’s Day is rapidly approaching. In keeping with tradition, I share this hearty stew, accompanied by a few recipes to create an Irish feast.

Irish Beef Stew

Extra carrots or parsnips may be substituted for the rutabaga. Serves 6.

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 pounds beef chuck, excess fat trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
1 1/2 cups stout beer
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 large parsnip, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium rutabaga, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

Preheat the oven to 325°F (170 C). Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a large oven-proof pot or Dutch oven. Season the beef all over with salt and pepper. Add the beef in batches in one layer without overcrowding. Brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef. Add 1 tablespoon oil and the garlic to the pot. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook stirring, about 30 seconds. Return the beef and any accumulated juices to the pot. Add the stock, beer, thyme, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. The meat should be covered with liquid. If not, add additional stock or beer to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Transfer the pot to oven. Bake until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
While the meat is cooking heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep skillet or large pot over medium heat. Add the carrot, parsnip, onion and rutabaga.  Lightly season with salt. Saute the vegetables until they brighten in color and begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the beef from oven. Skim any fat on the surface of the liquid with a spoon. Add the vegetables to the beef, stirring to combine. Return beef to the oven, uncovered. Bake one hour, stirring once or twice, until the sauce is slightly reduced, the vegetables are tender and the meat is fork-tender. Remove and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with mashed potatoes.

Round out your St. Patrick’s Day menu with these recipes from TasteFood:

avocado bruschetta tastefood

Avocado Bruschetta with Balsamic Syrup

Celery Root potatoes tf

Smashed Potatoes with Celery Root and Horseradish

stout cake tf
Chocolate Stout Pound Cake with Whiskey Cream

10 responses to “Irish Beef Stew and a St. Patrick’s Day Menu

  1. Great recipes! That stew looks particularly mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. And I drool over it every March!

  3. This is like my Irish soda bread, I recipe I casually posted last year, carrying me over during a week when I am busy with college friends. Your stew is wonderful. I have made it twice and once with lamb. Thank you for a lasting recipe that truly rocks, Lynda.

  4. There is something about stew that we all seem to love. Your potatoes look and sound terrific as well.

  5. I can see why the Irish Beef Stew is so popular! Which such a radiant photo and charming recipe it’s just the dinner we all want for St.Patrick’s Day!

  6. And we’ll keep the tradition going in 2014 :) starting today.

  7. I found this recipe last year around St. Patrick’s Day and it was a hit in my house. We have made it 3 times since then and 4-5 people have walked out of my house with the recipe in hand. Love it.

  8. Hun, it’s the way you photographed the stew: professional food photographers always suggest a top view pic of any food is the RIGHT way to generate views. This looks more like to me a popular Filipino (I am) dish called Mechado. I Image searched the words: “tomato sauce” & “corned beef” and voila the pic of your stew came out top first :-) don’t like Irish seasonings on corned beef & cabbage so will deftly cook this today; sorry will omit “rutabaga” and will use cabbage instead. All ingredients remain (inc. the stout-hik!). Lol, BIG thanx! Oh… will have your chocolate stout pound cake too for dessert! Gotta use all these beer! Hik

  9. Yeah….Guinness makes everything more Pinnable! Love the cake with the whiskey-cream too….YUM!

  10. This stew looks delicious! I can see why it is so popular!

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