16 January, 2013
Irish StewPosted in : Dinner, Taste Test Thursday on by : Chris Tags: beef stew, stew
Growing up one of my favorite dinners was Mom’s homemade stew. Like a good pot of spaghetti sauce, stew was one of those suppers that sat on the stove all afternoon, that greeted you with a delicious aroma when you walked in the house after school, and that you could “taste test” early by pouring out some of the sauce and dipping crusty bread in. Stew is up there as one of my favorite comfort foods, and I know it is for some of my siblings as well.
This Irish Stew recipe we feature today was truly one of the first “Taste Test Thursday” recipes we ever made on our blog, and actually predates the creation of that weekly segment where we try a recipe from another food blogger. This Irish Stew comes from our foodie friend Sydney at The Crepes of Wrath. And today we share an updated post with delicious photos of this stew.
Mom, please forgive me for saying this, but this Irish Stew is our new go to stew recipe. (Has been for the past 2 years, so this shouldn’t be a shock. And really Mom, you said you loved it too!)
The big difference between this stew and the one Mom used to make is the inclusion of Guinness beer, red wine, and beef broth. There are some other tweaks to Mom’s recipe, but it is really those 3, in my opinion, that make such a big difference.
It’s winter. It’s cold, possibly snowing out. Next time you’re at the store, grab the ingredients for this stew and a loaf of some nice crusty Italian bread. While the stew simmers, pour yourself a glass of the red wine that you also used in this. Then go relax under a blanket with a good book while a delicious aroma fills your house, and wait for dinner to be ready. It doesn’t get much better than that.
(Side note: If you have kids, forget about that last bit. Relaxing with a glass of wine under a blanket isn’t going to happen. Hahaha)
Recipe adapted from: TheCrepesOfWrath.net