Irish Stew: Healthy Comfort Food

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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!


  1. 2 lb lean beef (originally it’s made with lamb, but usually it’s more fatty)
  2. 1 big onion, chopped
  3. 4-5 carrots, chopped
  4. 3 cups dark Irish ale (or Guinness, if you have it)
  5. 2-3 bay leaves
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. olive oil


  1. 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.
  2. Add more olive oil if needed. Saute the chopped onion until translucent, add carrots and saute for a couple min more.
  3. 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.
  4. Leave it to simmer for about 1.5-2 hours, until beef is very soft.
  5. 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.

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