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Tasty Tuesday Issue 1 Irish stew becomes …

February 26, 2008





My goal with tasty Tuesday is to bless you all. I am going to go week to week sharing recipes that are not too complicated and are kid approved. My kids are excited about this too because I will be experimenting in the kitchen more and they like that they get a say what gets put on this page!!





Irish Stew

If my mum in law reads this.. This is as close as your Yank daughter can get. Yours and Granny’s is much better.. and i am telling the truth! Come over and school me soon!!




2 lbs mince meat or cubed lamb

1 medium onion chopped

3-4 carrots cut into circles (sorry don’t know the proper term)

3 parsnips cut into circles and chopped

1 small turnip sliced (optional..I just like turnip 🙂 )

(you can get the vegetables in a “stew pack” for convenience. sometimes they have extra herbs in there.. waste not want not.. chop them up and add them in.)

12-14 potatoes scrubbed and chopped.. put aside in a different pot (my husband is from ireland so he likes his potatoes.. we boil them all half for dinner tonight & half we mash for the left over conversion)

1 pkg beef gravy mix (we use Bisto which is what they use in Ireland I use that for my honey’s sake, but American brands work well as well)

1 dark beer (optional.. don’t substitute with a light beer, but you can substitute with red wine or even the equivalent oz in water.. just loses the irish mood but is yummy)

1 cup ½ water which you have mixed your gravy in.. other wise if you add the mix directly to the stew.. you get globby lumps.

Olive oil to “wet your stew pot”



2 large stew pots..



1. if you are doing mince (ground beef) fry that up first. When it is done I rinse out my meat in a colander . otherwise this will turn out to greasy. If you are using lamb start with step 2 and then add the meat.

2 heat up olive oil til it spits. Add onions and let them brown.


3. once meat is fully browned add your vegetable minus potatoes start those boiling to the side


4. add your liquids


5 salt and pepper to taste


6. bring mix to boil and then lower temp to simmer and cover.

7 let it simmer for about an hour. Stirring every once in a while .

8 serve with boiled potatoes, salt pepper and a bit of butter.



    Now, for the convertible left over recipe


    Shepherd’s pie



    8×8 pan

    1 – 2 c cheddar cheese

    1 can corn

    2 -3 handful frozen peas



    1. fill the bottom of the pan with irish stew..
    2. top with the (drained) corn and peas
    3. I like cheddar cheese.. but that is optional
    4. top with your mashed potatoes you made with the extra potatos
    5. I like to add a few pats of butter to the top
    6. put in the fridge to heat up tomorrow in the oven
    7. next day you have no mess to clean up, just put in the oven 375 for about 40 minutes… and a no fuss meal is here.


    My family loves both incarnations of this meal. I hope that this blesses you as it blesses them.

    7 Comments leave one →
    1. February 26, 2008 12:10 pm

      Yummy! Know a good place to get lamb around here? I mean, that doesn’t cost $14 a pound? I have a Madras curry that I got in Chinatown in Philly that I’m just DYING to use, and it really requires a nice piece of cubed lamb, imo. 🙂

      Tonight I’m making oxtail soup. Got those at the Reading Market, all fresh and yummy. 🙂

    2. February 26, 2008 12:12 pm

      LOVE Shepherd’s Pie! Hmmm.

    3. February 26, 2008 12:15 pm

      By the way, are there any authentic Irish restaurants you recommend?

    4. Shannon permalink
      February 26, 2008 1:41 pm

      I love shepherd’s pie, so this will be handy ;). Strangely enough, I don’t believe that I’ve ever had a turnip in my life, so I might have to try some of your stew before committing to putting them in something I make.

      Danielle, I don’t know you, so Hi! first. There’s a pretty good (in my opinion) Irish pub in Cockeysville called An Pointin Stil (right off of York Rd.). The website is here: An Poitin Stil.

    5. February 26, 2008 2:02 pm

      Yummmm. sounds good. it’s going on my menu plan for next week. both recipes!!

      Keep em comin’

    6. February 26, 2008 5:20 pm

      I have tried An Pointin Stil. It was good but I wasn’t crazy about it. Has anyone tried Ryan’s Daughter?

    7. February 26, 2008 5:33 pm

      Danielle, tir nan nog in the inner harbor is supposed to be good.. we haven’t been there yet but has been reccomended to us. Haven’t heard about Ryan’s daughter.

      Ally, There is a butcher that we have used … Bowman’s Butcher Shop
      3452 Churchville Rd, Aberdeen, MD 21001
      (410) 734-7820
      Laurie & Shan.. I am glad to get you salivating. 🙂 Turnip is optional shan.. I just happen to like it.

      Danielle, Ronan just reminded me about the James Joyce pub in Baltimore. We haven’t been there in years, but we enjoyed it then. Ronan thought the food there was pretty on the mark as far as Irish food here goes 😉

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