Lisa’s Irish Stew Recipe

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by Lisa Prysock

Hello friends and readers!  I’m guessing you’re all looking forward to spring as much as I am.  I hope you are well and hopefully you’ve enjoyed a cozy winter of reading some great books as we march into spring.  I shared this recipe in my newsletter this month of March to celebrate my Irish roots.  My grandmother was a God-fearing, wonderful Irish woman who could cook you right into heaven.  I hope you enjoy it.

You can adjust it for fewer people by cutting the ingredients in half.  This serves a family of five comfortably with seconds for all, or one generous serving for about 7 people. I am not a fan of eating lamb as it is an acquired taste in my opinion, though traditional Irish Stew is made with lamb.  I serve mine with beef.  I recommend increasing the onion and carrots to double what this recipe calls for if you serve it with lamb.

2-3 pounds of beef or lamb, cut in stew size chunks
salt and pepper
garlic salt
parsley, dill, bay leaves, thyme, minced garlic
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
2-3 small to medium size onions, chopped and quartered
6-8 carrots, peeled, washed, cut in pieces
1 green pepper, seeded, washed, chopped
3-4 stalks of celery, washed, chopped
15 small to medium potatoes, peeled, washed, quartered
4-5 cups of beef broth (chicken broth may be substituted)

1.  Wash beef (or lamb), pat dry, season.  Braise the meat on all sides in the vegetable oil in a dutch oven pan or other suitable baking dish.  You may want to lightly roll the meat in flour before browning it.  If you choose to skip this step, be sure to stir the meat often to prevent burning, but you want each piece to be browned nicely on every side, so stir frequently until you achieve the right color. 

2.  Add onions, carrots, and the rest of the vegetables.  Season to taste.  Lightly braise the veggies for a few minutes with the meat.

3.  Add broth and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.  Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and parsley again according to taste.  Minced garlic, a few bay leaves, and a half-teaspoon of thyme may also be added.

4.  Transfer to oven and bake about one hour or until tender at 350 degrees. Skim the fat from broth occasionally during baking and add water as needed.

5.  Ladle into bowls and serve.  Garnish with fresh sprigs of parsley, a dash of dill, paprika, salt, and pepper.  This dish pairs well with freshly warmed rolls or biscuits.  It also goes well with a side salad with a lighter dressing such as vinaigrette or Italian.

Author Biography

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 20 years.  She homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  Regarding this she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  She remembers writing her first book in kindergarten with help from the teacher and a stapler to hold the pages together.  She won a literary award for a short story in eighth grade and has been writing ever since.   Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold. She recently released Book 3 in the series, Dreams of Sweetwater River and Book 7, Marry Me Katie. 

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series’ which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in a creative way.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at: 

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