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Chef John's Irish Pork Stew Recipe
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Chef John's Irish Pork Stew
Now here’s what we should be eating for St. Patrick’s Day! See more
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Chef John's Irish Pork Stew

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"I'm sure you've heard by now that corned beef and cabbage is not authentic St. Patrick's Day food. I decided to do a little mash-up and this Irish pork stew with baby cabbage was the result. By the way, baby cabbage can be a little hard to find, but you can use Brussels sprouts, and no one will know the difference, mostly because there isn't one."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 25 mins

    2 hrs 50 mins


  1. Season pork cubes with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a pot over high heat. Working in batches, cook and stir pork in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a bowl and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Melt butter in the pot. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in hot butter until onion is softened and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir flour into onion mixture; cook and stir until flour is completely incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add bay leaf and caraway seed; cook for 2 minutes more. Pour beer into onion mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, 1 to 3 minutes.
  5. Stir pork, chicken broth, carrots, and celery into beer mixture; bring to simmer. Stir 1/4 cup parsley and balsamic vinegar into stew, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until pork is fork-tender, about 2 hours.
  6. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook uncovered until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  7. Stir Brussels sprouts into stew and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide mashed potatoes between 6 bowls. Ladle stew over potatoes and top each with a pinch of parsley.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2014

This was exceptional! I added a little extra garlic but otherwise made as-is. The wife commented that this was the best stew she has ever had. I am certainly not going to wait for St, Patrick’s day to make again. Chef John’s Irish Stew with Lamb is on the radar too. Going to be tough to top this one though.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2015

Have tasted better!

Mar 18, 2014

Served it to company on St. Patty's Day Eve, without first trying the recipe - which is something I never do. And everyone was delighted that I did! It was FANTASTIC! I had nearly 6 pounds of meat, and adjusted the recipe to suit. We (okay, 'I') just finished the last of the stew a few moments ago. My son even had it for breakfast after pulling an 'all nighter' for college. I had to promise my family that I'll make it again very soon. WELL WORTH MAKING. I did read one review that gave this recipe a lower rating because it contained alcohol, which honestly doesn't make any sense to me. If you don't like the alcohol, then use an alcohol free beer - don't give a wonderful recipe a bad rap. Anyway - please try this recipe. And definitely watch the video, too. Enjoy! :-)

Nov 16, 2014

Just made this last night. One word to describe it: AMAZING!! Best stew ever!!! The Brussels sprouts give it an extra texture and flavor that was just yummy! Will definitely be making this often. Only next time, I will add more carrots, celery, and definitely more Brussels sprouts.

Mar 15, 2014

I made this stew tonite and it is fantastic!!!!! I served it over colcannon so I didn't add the Brussels sprouts. I would rate this recipe 100 stars! Thank you Chef John!

Mar 16, 2015

Absolutely delicious.. Couldn't have been happier with the way it turned out. I all-way like to made the recipe once as written, the way the chef did it. But I love it wend someone do the recipe with alterations, I too can't leave anything alone! I have to play with my food. You did adjusted it to your personal taste that what I like, to see what others have did to any improvements and/or variations you make to this simple recipe. I use 3 pounds lamb shoulder chops a little extra garlic but otherwise made as-is. I did read one review that gave this recipe a lower rating because it contained alcohol, You can substitute 1-1/2 cups chicken stock. YES I DO SEE this is on the radar too. Going to be tough to top this one though. I did adjusted to my personal taste. Your way is very delicious. The next time I did it and I add it to my recipe box and to My Note: My family loved bouth ways, and I'll be making this a lot more. Both are delicious, it's a matter of what your taste is....I now have two ways to this. YOU HAVE SUCCESS!! with me. Now I can do my happy food dance!! Thank you!!! Happy Cooking to you and y'all! Grpa

Feb 05, 2015

I made this for my husband, he said it was one of his favorites! The kids all ate it and we all thought the mashed potato layer was really neat. I will make this again!

Mar 31, 2014

Fantastic dish for St Paddys day with a little twist on the seasonings. I loved the caraway , and serving it over mashed potatoes reminded me of shepherds pie. It's a keeper!!!


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  • Calories
  • 401 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 768 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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