One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, and how he later returned to Ireland to preach the good news of Christ. It’s a great read aloud.
We often reread this book during the month of March and we always have a simple, special meal come St. Patrick’s Day. We enjoy Irish Stew and Soda Bread. If I’m feeling extra “splurgy” (is that a word?) I might buy Irish butter or Dubliner cheese to go with. (Costco sells both of these.)
This stew is amazingly simple to make. Patrick lived very simply; I imagine that this stew might be something like what he might have eaten.
Recipe: Irish Stew
Our stew is pretty simple, containing few ingredients and cooking in the crockpot. I leave the baby carrots whole and chop the potatoes rather large, but you can chop them how you like them.
- 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup flour, optional, omit if gluten-free
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- bay leaf
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
- Place beef cubes, flour, and salt and pepper in a large ziptop bag. Seal and shake to coat all cubes with flour.
- In large skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Add beef cubes and brown on all sides. Do not crowd meat in pan. Do this in batches if your pan is not large enough to accommodate all the meat at one time. As meat browns, remove it to crockpot.
- Add onions to the drippings in skillet and sauté until tender. Add onions to the crockpot.
- Stir in beef broth and bay leaf. Cook on low for four hours.
- Add carrots and potatoes and stir gently to combine. Cook on low another four hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
- Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
- To freeze: cool stew completely. Wrap, label, and freeze in an airtight container. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
What special recipe do you make for St. Patrick’s Day? Share it with us.