Growing up, it was always a tradition to have Irish stew on St. Patrick’s Day. This was not only a way to celebrate our Irish heritage but it is also a meal that always tastes delicious.
The basis of this meal is the meat and potatoes, one of the staples of the Irish diet, but it is also complimented with carrots and onions. This recipe is actually one that my grandmother brought over to this country with her from Ireland and was then passed down to my mother and eventually to me.
This also makes the perfect slow cooker meal. Plus, the recipe that is included here will feed at least six, but if you have a larger pot you can even double the recipe!
Here is what you will need:
- 6 cups water
- 1 envelope of onion soup mix
- 1 package of stew meat or sirloin tip roast (dipped in flour)
- 4 medium onions, cut in chunks
- 5 large potatoes, cut into chunks
- 5 large carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- Put the water, soup mix, onions, and meat into a crockpot (on high) or a large covered pit for approximately 5 hours.
- After cooking for 5 hours, add in the chunks of carrots and potatoes to the pot. Cook for another 3 hours.
After the stew is finished, spoon it into bowls and thoroughly smash the potatoes and carrots. You could even pair it with some Irish soda bread or even just thick-cut Italian bread.
This is such a hearty and delicious meal that is perfect for not only St. Patrick’s Day but also on a cold evening — or actually anytime for that matter!