Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

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It is a finger-licking recipe that can be perfect for any occasion or just simple family meal. Here is the recipe of this delicious dish.

Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Irish Stew:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 3 pound beef chuck roast (cut into 1/2-inch cubes after trimmed of fat)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup carrot (roughly chopped)
  • 1 12 fl ounce bottle or can dark beer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Colcannon:

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes (ut into chunks after peeled)
  • 2 cups cabbage (finely sliced)
  • 1/4 cup milk (warmed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (minced, fresh)
  1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. On medium temperature, heat the vegetable oil in a big Dutch oven until it becomes very hot, and brown the beef in two batches, stir fry the cubes on all sides to brown it evenly. Put the meat cubes to the Dutch oven, dust it with flour, and lightly stir meat to coat them with flour. Pour the rest of the ingredients in here, and stir them together. Boil the mixture and put a cover on it.
  3. Cook the mixture for 45 minutes in the preheated oven; stir the stew, and cook the stew for 45 more minutes until the beef become tender, and the liquid becomes half.
  4. In a big deep skillet and over medium heat, put the bacon and cook for 10 minutes by turning occasionally, until uniformly browned. Draining the excess oil, crumble the bacon and keep it aside.
  5. Make the colcannon half an hour before preparing the stew. Put the potatoes in salted water and cover it. Cook it on medium heat for 20 minutes to make it tender. Drain and allow for a minute or two to steam dry.
  6. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to the cabbage, put a cover on, and for about 2 1/2 minutes microwave it on High; uncover carefully, and stir the cabbage again microwave it for 2 1/2 minutes to make cabbage a bit tender, but not squashy. Drain and set it aside, covered.
  7. In a big bowl put potatoes, milk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, butter and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Beat it with a grinder to make it smooth. Mix well cabbage, parsley and crumbled bacon with the potatoes.
  8. Optional: Put a scoop of colcannon on a serving plate, create a hollow, and fill with braised beef stew and serve it hot, or serve separately.

The Author:

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Photo. Irish Stew: Jeffrey W. , Colcannon: TheCulinaryGeek

Source: EzineArticles.com

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