Weekend Reflections: Crock Pot Irish Stew Recipe

JMJ  *I have a very special recipe to share today, one that I hope you will try.  It is one of those family recipes in the respect that it is very easy to get everyone involved chopping the fresh ingredients that go into the stew.  We love to prepare this recipe on a cold day, usually around St. Patrick’s Day for fun.  

Ring the School Bell 126/180 Days

In contrast to Sunday, Monday was quite uneventful besides the usual academics.  And so I have decided to reflect on my weekend instead of reporting on my humdrum mundane Monday!

Odds and ends about our weekend…

This past Saturday, Sabrina and John headed out to a parking lot near campus, the one I mentioned in a previous post, for a practice drive in our Honda Civic.  No joke, the parking lot he picked was filled with other teens, 4 others to be exact, and their parents doing the same thing as John, instructing their teenage kids on how to drive!  And as unlikely as it might seem, they were all in red cars.  It was not unlike a bumper car amusement ride, with the driving students dodging one another while learning to drive!

On Sunday, Sarah volunteered to be a greeter at our church!  She greeted us with a smiling face, as we all filed in to our seats yesterday morning.

In the afternoon, Melissa and I snuck off in the middle of the day to do a little shopping and she ended up finding an appropriately titled T-shirt, which read “I love the sun”, a requisite of living in southern California!

As for me, I even had time to read the newspaper for an hour today.

Our entire family capped the day off with an organ concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Our seats were in the balcony, directly above the organist, and so we gained an appreciation for the serious workout it is to play the organ, with all of its keys, handles and pedals!

As some of my readers know by now, one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday, is to have a special brunch or meal, something along the lines of comfort food.  However, as I have mentioned before, I do prepare whatever it is in advance so that I can savor my Sunday instead of laboring in the kitchen!

I have a very special recipe to share today, one that I hope you will try.  It is one of those family recipes in the respect that it is very easy to get everyone involved chopping the fresh ingredients that go into the stew.  We love to prepare this recipe on a cold day, usually around St. Patrick’s Day.  But you really don’t need an occasion; it is a great recipe anytime and very nutritious also.

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Crock Pot Irish Stew

Printable Version of Recipe Here:

Recipe- Irish Stew in a Crock Pot pdf version

This main dish is a celebration of both root and fresh vegetables.  By slow-cooking the ingredients, it becomes a savory comfort meal, that is nutritious also!  We love to prepare this stew for cold winter and early spring days.  It has also become a family favorite for St. Patrick’s Day.  This recipe is for a large Crock Pot. The recipe can be halved, if desired.

Serves 8-10 persons

Ingredients:

2 lbs Beef Stew Meat

2 Tablespoons Oil

2 Medium Onions, chopped into 1-inch chunks

5 16 oz Cans of Beef Broth

6 Cups Potatoes, peeled & cut into large 1-inch chunks (about 8 medium potatoes)

4 Cups Carrots, peeled & cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 6 large carrots)

1 Cup Fresh Green Beans, snipped at the tip and chopped into 2-inch pieces

1 Cup Fresh Quartered Mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Find some kitchen helpers, if you can, to peel and chop all of the ingredients! By getting others involved, it makes them appreciate the end result even more.
  2. Brown the stew meat in the oil.
  3. Place the stew meat and prepared onion into the Crock Pot, and add ½ of the total broth. If meat is not completely covered, add some water.
  4. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. While the stew meat is cooking, steam the green beans and carrots for 10 minutes to partially cook them. Set aside for the next step.
  6. After the 3 hours have passed, add all of the vegetables into the Crock Pot. Add the remaining broth also, and more water if needed, to cover everything.
  7. Cook on high for an additional 3 hours.
  8. When the 3 hours are up, if your stew broth is runny, which mine usually is, ladle ½ the broth from the crock pot into a small saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¼ cup cornstarch and ¼ cup cold water.  Add to the broth.  Cook over medium heat until nice and thick (simmer for about 3 minutes).  Pour thickened broth back into the Crock Pot.

Enjoy your Savory Stew!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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