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Ovi Cookbook: Irish Stew Ovi Cookbook: Irish Stew
by Thanos Kalamidas
2008-12-07 08:27:02
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Winter is here which means it is the best timing for a soup or a stew. Now when it comes to stew, wherever you come from and wherever you live, there is one that will always come to mind: Irish beef stew!

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
750 gr. Stew beef, cut into 5 cm pieces
6 garlic cloves minced
1 large onion chopped
6 cups of beef broth
2 cups of Guinness beer
½ cup red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
50 gr. Butter
8 big peeled potatoes cut in fairly small pieces around 3 cm each
6 peeled carrots cut the same small
A bit of chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper


We heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat, we add the chopped onion and we let it for a few seconds till it gets a gold colour, then we add the beef and sauté from all the sides for at least five minutes.

stew01_400Then we add slowly and keep mixing the garlic, the beef broth, the Guinness, the wine, tomato paste, sugar and we mix them well. We lower the heat to medium-low cover the pot and let it boil for one hour stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper.

While the beef is boiling in another pot over medium heat we melt the butter and then add potatoes and carrots. Sauté the potatoes and carrots for 20 minutes until they become golden.

After an hour has passed for the beef stew we add the potatoes and the carrots and we keep boiling for another 40 minutes until the vegetables and the beef are really tender.

When it is ready you transfer the stew from the pot to a serving bowl and you sprinkle the parsley and it is ready to serve. It serves four to six depending upon how hungry they are!

   
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