Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grandma's Irish Stew

My Grandma was Irish and her heritage certainly came out in her cooking.  When I was working on my Irish Soda Bread I knew that we just had to have Grandma's Irish Stew to go with it.  It is the same meal that I had in my Grandma's kitchen so many times when I was a youth and this has brought back so many wonderful memories. Grandma's Irish Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Grandma's Irish Stew

Grandma's Irish Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Grandma's Irish Stew
Miz Helen's Kitchen
 2 pounds beef or lamb cut in 1 1/2 inch cubes
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 cups carrots, cut in 1/2 inch chunks
6 Irish Potatoes, cut in medium chunks
2 yellow onions, large chop
4 stalks celery, medium chop
3 cloves garlic. chopped
3 cups beef broth
1 12 can or bottle Irish Stout Beer or 1 12 ounce can of Cola
1/4 cup flour (see Recipe Notes for substitute)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Wash and chop all the vegetables 
In a large mixing, add all the chopped vegetables, generously salt and pepper and then add the flour and mix with the vegetables until the vegetables are well covered (see Recipe Notes for Gluten Free Option)
Salt and Pepper the meat
Heat a very heavy dutch oven and add the oil, then sear the meat
Add the seasoned and floured vegetables and mix well
Add the broth and the Cola or the Beer
Cook on medium heat for 2  hours and add the parsley and thyme, salt and pepper to taste
Cook on low heat for 1/2 to 1 hour more
Cooking Option
Pour the meat and all the vegetables into a Slow Cooker, add the liquid and cook on high for 6 hours or 8 hours on low, 30 minutes before serving, add seasons and thicken if using the Gluten Free option.
Serve hot with Irish Soda Bread
Recipe Notes
As recipes are passed down through the years this recipe has been updated somewhat to make a healthier stew.  The lard was substituted with Olive Oil  and for the non alcoholic folks we substituted the Beer with the Cola. For some people that are Gluten Free, Corn Starch is used as a substitute for flour, by 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water to the final stew to thicken.
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Grandma's Irish Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
This Smells So Good

Grandma's Irish Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Serving With Irish Soda Bread

Grandma's Irish Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I am so excited that we could share some of our family memories with you today and hope you are making some great family memories to pass on.  Have a great week and come back to see us really soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen


  1. Yes, this would be perfect with the soda bread! I large bowl of stew and a thick slice of bread would make me a happy girl.

  2. Grandmas cooking sure looks comforting!

  3. This looks and sounds so good, I am making this! I like the hint about the cola and the cornstarch! xo

  4. I'm so happy to find this recipe. We normally have corned beef and cabbage for St. Pat's but it is expensive and we already have lamb in the freezer. I decided we'd have lamb stew this year instead. I never thought of adding a bottle of Guinness. That sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing!


  5. Grandma's Stew looks pretty tasty, and I love the green cups that you used for serving.

  6. Yum! This looks delicious. Please come on over and share your stories of home at the Hearthfelt Hopes party on The Aliso Kitchen!


  7. This does look really good. I've been craving soups and stews with all the rainy weather we've been having. This looks hearty and filling. Thank you so much for sharing! I just love heritage recipes :)

  8. DEEElicious and wonderful sounding. Thanks for bringing it to the party Miz Helen. Have a great week. :) Linda

  9. Looks fantastic! I just saved it to make soon, thanks!

  10. This looks and sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party tomorrow at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. I think I would like the stout version better than the cola one... I guess that was an American adaptation, sounds like a wonderful stew.

  12. Sounds good. Yes, I too vote for the stout over cola! I've been up to similar cooking lately.

  13. This stew sounds wonderful! I've been in the mood for some delicious Irish food this week, pinning to try.

  14. Oh, YUM!!!! I was wanting to make an Irish meal and this is IT!!! Thank you so much!!!


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