Irish Beef Stew

"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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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins




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

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  1. 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.
  2. OMG?This was a crowd pleaser at my St Patricks Day dinner last night:). The only thing I would change is to cut the potatoes and carrots a bit smaller, and use less potatoes and more meat. I did take one reviewers recommendation an added 1/4 cup of red wine. Note: The recipe doesn't say whether to add the chunks of garlic to the meat or sauté with the veggies, but I sautéed with the veggies and it was perfect! Par cooking the veggies in butter, made everything not mushy :)
  3. Wow! My family loved it and I loved how easy it was to make! Thanks for posting such a tasty dish.
  4. 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.
  5. I made this in honor of St. Patrick's Day 2009. It was fabulous. I had to make a few changes because I didn't have all the necessary ingredients. I didn't have any dried thyme. So, I added poulty seasoning(which includes thyme) instead. And I only had 6 cups of beef broth. The rest I subbed chicken broth. I also added some celery. Only because I happened to have some on hand and my husband loves it. The stew was fantastic! My mouth was watering waiting for it to finish cooking. I made a simple Brown Irish Soda Bread#179821 to go with it. This is definitely going in my regular rotation of meals. Thank you!



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