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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Irish Beef Stew

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Now I know that Irish Beef Stew is not a Creole or Cajun dish, but the Irish community are well represented in New Orleans. Saturday, I marched in the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. I have been doing this for 12 years with my brothers. Centola is not of Irish origins. However, my father’s mother was a Murphy. So, we celebrate her heritage every year. Here is a typical Irish dish, Irish Beef Stew.

2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil

1 pound lean Beef Stew Meat

2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

1 small Onion, chopped

2 cups sliced fresh Mushrooms

6 cloves Garlic, minced

1 (6 ounce) can Tomato Paste

2 cups Beef Broth

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish Stout Beer

4 cups sliced Carrot

2 large Potatoes, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon Cornstarch

1 tablespoon Cold Water

1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Coat beef cubes with flour, shaking off the excess. Fry beef cubes until browned on all sides. Remove from the pot. Add the onion, mushrooms, and garlic to the pot, and cook stirring constantly until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Return beef to the pot, and stir in tomato paste, beef broth, and beer. Add potatoes and carrots, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour. Mix together the cornstarch and cold water. Stir into the stew, and simmer until thickened. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


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