Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
When I was little, my German mom would serve this delicious one-pot dish. She called it Eier Schuh which translates to: Eggs Shoe. Makes no sense, right? Well, when she was a little girl in Ostfriesland, Germany, her brother had a penpal in England who described Irish Stew to him. This is how my Grandmother interpreted the ingredients. My mom misunderstood the pronunciation and "Irish Stew" sounds kind of like "Eier Schuh" . It doesn't seem like any Irish Stew I've ever seen, but it is easy, cheap and yummy! Amounts of ingredients are approximate - suit yourself!
- 3⁄4 lb lean ground beef
- 4 medium potatoes (about 2-3 inches diameter)
- 1 small head of cabbage
- celery salt
- ketchup (used as condiment) (optional)
- Cut cabbage into thin slices, put into bowl of salted water, set aside.
- Peel and slice potatoes.
- Put large handfuls of cabbage into a dutch oven until the bottom is covered. (Make sure a lot of water goes in with the cabbage.).
- Cover cabbage with a layer of potato slices.
- Crumble ground beef over potato layer.
- Season beef with celery salt, salt and pepper.
- Continue making layers until ingredients are used up.
- End with a layer of cabbage.
- Cook on low heat until cabbage and potatoes are tender. Mash everything together with potato masher. Check that ingredients do not stick to bottom of pan - periodically add a little water. Continue to cook until flavors are blended - taste!
This is a very nice stew and it is very easy to make in a slowcooker. We love cabbage and potatoes so you can't go wrong in my book. There is no end to what type of seasonings you can add so next time I might add a little "kick" to the dish. Will definitely make this again. Made for AUS/NZ Tag, January, 2012.
Well, regardless of the origins, your Grandmother got the translation just right!! This is just wonderful comfort food. I made this in my crock-pot so I wasn't sure if I would end up with soup or stew. Stew won! I browned the ground beef with 1/2 large onion, and then made the layers in the crockpot as written. I added about 2 cups of liquid, including the drippings from browning the beef. I included about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt Seasoning ~ I seasoned each layer as I put it in the crock. This cooked for 6 hours on low and has a fabulous flavor. Thanks for posting Linky, this is really quick and easy and quite good. Glad I tried it in the crock-pot. Made for Spring PAC 2010!