We all love comfort food, especially when the autumn is coming! But it doesn’t have to be mac’n’cheese, pizza or anything else carbs-based.
My brother brought me an Irish cook-book a few years ago as a souvenir from Dublin, and I fell in love with it’s simple and delicious recipes!
This Irish stew is a simplified version, you don’t need to bake it in an oven-proof dish. And of course, it has Irish ale in it!
- 2 lb lean beef (originally it’s made with lamb, but usually it’s more fatty)
- 1 big onion, chopped
- 4-5 carrots, chopped
- 3 cups dark Irish ale (or Guinness, if you have it)
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- olive oil
- Cut the beef into big chunks, about 2 inches cubes. Heat a large pan, add some olive oil. Brown the meat on every side. Do it in batches, so that all the meat pieces are in 1 layer. Remove the meat from the pan.
- Add more olive oil if needed. Saute the chopped onion until translucent, add carrots and saute for a couple min more.
- Poor in 1 cup of ale to deglaze the pan, return the meat to the pan, add salt and bay leaves. Poor in the remaining ale.
- Leave it to simmer for about 1.5-2 hours, until beef is very soft.
- You can serve it on it’s own – it’s a very healthy and lean meal. Or you can serve it over the boiled potatoes and with a slice of soda bread on the side.