I love holidays and since becoming a food blogger its only made me embrace holiday food more. I was telling Josh the other night, that if it weren't for blogging, I fear I would still be living a little shell and not get to experiment with foods from other cultures. Food tasting from other cultures is very important. I mean, you guys know that we take our Italian and Mexican/Latin cuisines very seriously, but we don't really venture out past that very often. We don't cook a lot of asian food (unless you count stir-fry) or thai food either and trust me, that is something we both want to rectify.But holidays give Josh and I a chance to venture out a little bit and try a few new things. Irish food is something we both like. In our city, we have this very Irish little pub and the food is amazing! Their fish n chips are out of this world, their mac and cheese will have you swooning and their desserts are incredible. I've only been there once (back when I was pregnant with Christian) and I've been wanting to go back like crazy and try other entrees. I would say St. Patricks Day would be a great day to go, but the place is already crazy popular with the locals and on St. Patty's Day....I think we would never get a table.
Since that will likely be the case with most Irish-type establishments on the 17th, you can always have your Irish meal at home and with the help of the slow-cooker! The original recipe called for boneless lamb which is a traditional choice of meat, but I ended up going with stewing beef for mainly one reason. Little did I know that boneless lamb is so expensive. I know it's a great cut of meat, but I was not about to spend $25 on it. I'm sure it would of made the flavor of the stew even more exceptional, but hey, I'm a mom on a budget and that $25 cut of meat did not fit into it. But regular stewing beef works very well and it this is one Irish meal I will be cooking again in the future, whether its for a holiday or not.
Slow-Cooker Irish Stew
A delicious and hearty stew that will having you thinking that you're sitting in an Irish Pub with the locals.Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 hours
Total time: 10 hours and 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 lb stewing beef
- 1 TBsp vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 cups peeled turnips, diced into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 medium)
- 1 1/2 cups carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 3 medium carrots)
- 1 1/2 cups peeled potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 medium)
- 1 whole onion, cut into wedges
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
- In a large skillet of hot oil, brown stewing beef in half batches. Drain off the fat. Set aside.
- In the bottom of your slow cooker, place cut turnips, carrots, potatoes, onion, tapioca and seasonings and stir together. Add in the browned beef and broth, stirring to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Serve with drop biscuits or Irish soda bread.