We had Irish soda bread this afternoon with some tea-as has been a tradition for me since I was a little girl. Irish soda bread has always been a favorite of my fathers, and as such my mom usually had it around on St. Patrick’s Day! And what goes with that? a wonderful hearty Guinness stew!
I also made some beef stew with Guinness! We sampled some already- but the rest is ready for St. Paddy’s day dinner! I got the recipe from Martha Stewart (of course!), but I changed some bits a little. In case your still looking for an Irish inspired meal to celebrate the day of the green- the recipe is below.
~Irish Beef Stew- with Guinness~
* 4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
* 2 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed
* 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
* 1 can (14.9 ounces) Irish stout beer (I used Guinness)
* 10 garlic cloves, sliced
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 1 (10 ounces) frozen baby peas, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, toss beef with flour; stir in tomato paste. Add potatoes, onions, broth, beer, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Transfer pot to oven, and cook, covered, until meat is fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in peas, and season with salt and pepper.
Hope everyone has a SUPER St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish Blessings….
~An Old Irish Blessing~
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.