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    Irish Beef Stew

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    2 hrs 20 mins

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    2 hrs

    Axe's Note:

    This is "Hands Down" the best I've ever made! The thyme is what sets it appart. The garlic will end up very mild. Use less if you like. (I have now edited the recipe to include corn starch to thicken the broth. This of course is optional)

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
    2. 2
      Add beef and sauté 1 minute uncovered.
    3. 3
      Add beef stock, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
    4. 4
      Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
    5. 5
      Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    6. 6
    7. 7
      Meanwhile, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat.
    8. 8
      Add potatoes, onion and carrots.
    9. 9
      Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minute.
    10. 10
      Add vegetables to beef stew.
    11. 11
      (Optional) mix corn starch in 1 or 2 tablespoons cold water. Add to stew and stir thoroughly to thicken broth.
    12. 12
      Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender.
    13. 13
      Discard bay leaves, let cool then tilt pan and spoon off fat.
    14. 14
      Can be made in morning or day before.
    15. 15
      Heat, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 21, 2014


      Made this today and we are all impressed with the results. Fantastic with some fresh biscuits. I did reduce the thyme to 1tsp as I don't care for a lot of thyme. The only change I would make is I would add some red wine next time. Great recipe, tanks. Wow this is good was heard around the table.

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    • on March 27, 2011


      Wow! My family loved it and I loved how easy it was to make! Thanks for posting such a tasty dish.

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    • on September 27, 2009


      OH, MY---not enough Zaar stars to rate this fabulous beef stew. Just the aroma will drive your family wild, and the taste---mmm mmmm...good. Rich dark broth that I did NOT have to thicken. Love the browning of the veggies in butter, before adding to the stew. Your time allowed was right on the mark. The only thing I changed was to not add as much Beef broth as indicated--(maybe that's why it was nice and thick (?)...So glad I tried this, Axe--It's a major keeper! Made for the No. Irish leg of GB Forum's Tour of the Isles.

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    Nutritional Facts for Irish Beef Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (448 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 299.5
    Calories from Fat 98
    Total Fat 10.9 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 42.3 mg
    Sodium 847.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 18.2 g

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