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Irish Stew Please?

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    Posted: 09 April 2010 at 02:35
Does anybody have a good recipe for Irish stew? I have some leftover capetown laMB that I thought I'd use in a nice stew since it's going to be a cold, rainy day here.
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Hoser, Just noticed your post about Irish stew about 60 days too late. I've got a recipe that I kind of make from memory and "what looks right" as I'm making it. I don't use lamb but I'm sure it would work well too. 
 
I start out by cutting a large onion in wedges 1/4s then 1/8s. Seperate the wedges into petals and saute them in olive oil in a large frying pan until nearly clear. While they are sauteing mix about 2 cups of flour with a tablespoon m/l of black pepper. Dredge about 1 1/2 pounds of beef cubes (round steak, sirloin roast etc.) in the flour.
 
Remove the onions to a bowl for later use. Begin browning the beef in the pan, reserving the excess flour for later use also.
 
While the beef is beginning to brown peel and cube 2 or 3 large potatoes and 4 or 5 carrots.
 
Remove the browned beef from the pan and layer the beef, onions, potatoes and carrots in an oiled oven proof stoneware, dutch oven or crockpot. I actually prefer the crockpot. 
 
Deglaze the pan using 1 1/2 bottles of Guinness or Smithwicks, add one tablespoon of honey, and a generous amount of dried or fresh basil. Turn down the heat and whisk the remaining flour into the liquid. Turn the heat back up and bring to a boil, continually whisking to make a rich brown gravy. Drink the other 1/2 bottle of Guinness to cool off after slaving over the gravy.
 
Pour the gravy over the layered beef and veggies and cover. Bake in a medium oven for a couple of hours or in the crockpot for the afternoon. Enjoy with a good Irish Soda Bread and a glass of cold Guinness.
 
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1 large yellow onion
1 1/2 pounds beef in 1 1/2" cubes
2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon m/l Black pepper
2-3 large potatoes (cubed)
3-4 carrots (cubed)
2 Bottles Guinness or Smithwicks Irish Beer
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon m/l fresh or dried basil, to taste
Olive oil
 
Please note my measurements are not exact but close you'll have to use your judgement a bit. I normally have to add a little extra flour to get the gravy as thick as I want it. I've made this many times over the years. It's always hearty with a kiss of honey and basil offsetting the beer flavor. Rockydog 
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Sounds wonderful Rockydog...many thanks for the post. This one will get printed and filed for the next time I make lamb.
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I happened upon this thread looking for something else - just in case the question comes up again, here's a good suggestion, as well:

http://foodsoftheworld.activeboards.net/irish-stew_topic1816.html
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