I looked for a St Patrick's Day meal that didn't involve either corned beef or lamb, and this is what I chose. We were not disappointed! I used a red beer instead of a dark (because that was what I had in the house), and, like some other reviewers, I cooked the cabbage in the bacon drippings, rather than the microwave. I did wind up thickening the stew liquid with more flour before I served it, which made a rich and tangy gravy. I used a bit less meat and added more carrots and onions, but that is just a personal preference. Since I didn't have a Dutch oven, I simmered the pot on the top of the stove at low heat for a couple of hours, and the beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Serving the stew on top of the colcannon was a wonderful combination. This is a definite keeper! But getting 8 servings from it, as written? Not in my house - perhaps we just enjoyed it TOO much!
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I looked for a St Patrick's Day meal that didn't involve either corned beef or lamb, and this...