Top O' the Morn to you! It's another gray and rainy day in the great Northwest...but that won't stop the festivities that are planned for St. Paddy's Day! A group of young friends are coming for dinner - and this stew is sure to get their eyes rolled back into their heads - unless they're too busy writing limericks or hunting for Leprechauns, that is!
Each one of my guests will get a Celtic Knot charm necklace, along with a small but beautiful plastic cauldron filled with candy and lots of shiny things to attract Leprechauns...here's a peek at the table:
Oh, I also have some fabulous door prizes! I just love prizes...I have a few boxes of Lucky Charms Cereal, a green leather colored journal, and a few other sundry items...I'm sure the girls will love 'em as much as they're going to love this stew...but in the off-chance that they're picky and they turn their noses up at the stew, there will be plenty of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes...that'll teach 'em!
Irish Beef and Barley Stew - Pots and Pins
3 to 4 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup flour
4 lbs. beef stew meat
4 large onions, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
8 potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
*4 cups Guinness
2 cans (32 oz.) beef broth
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 cup pearled barley
In a large roaster or soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add stew meat. Sprinkle flour over stew meat and stir to cover. Cook meat and flour for about 3 to 4 minutes; you're not really trying to sear the meat, just cook the flour and get a little color on the beef. Add in onions and carrots and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, potatoes and pour in Guinness and broth. Stir in tomato paste and barley. Mix well to combine, bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer with lid on for 3 1/2 hours. Serves 16 to 20; this recipe can easily be halved. *Guinness is an Irish Drought beer that gives this stew it's unique flavor, if you'd rather not use Guinness you can add more beef broth.
"May the sons of your daughters smile up in your face." ~ Irish Saying