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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Maureen Kelly-Nikolaisen

"This is a recipe I shared with my girlfriends from my recipe club last year! It is a yummy alternative to corned beef for St. Pat's Day and a wonderful anytime dish!"
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3 h servings 453 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hot, and brown the meat in 2 batches, stirring to brown the cubes on all sides. Return all the meat to the Dutch oven, sprinkle with flour, and stir lightly to coat the meat with flour. Stir in onion, carrots, dark beer, bay leaves, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cover.
  3. Place the Dutch oven into the preheated oven, and cook for 45 minutes; uncover, stir the stew, and cook until the beef is very tender and the liquid is reduced by half, about 45 more minutes.
  4. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  5. About 30 minutes before the stew is ready, make the colcannon: Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
  6. Place the cabbage into a microwave-safe bowl, and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on High for about 2 1/2 minutes; uncover (watch out for steam) and stir the cabbage. Cover and microwave for about 2 1/2 more minutes, until the cabbage is slightly tender but not mushy. Drain excess liquid, and set the cabbage aside, covered.
  7. Place the potatoes into a large bowl, and add milk, butter, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Beat the potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cabbage, crumbled bacon, and parsley until well combined.
  8. To serve, place a scoop of colcannon onto a plate, make a hollow, and fill with braised beef stew.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 453 calories; 24.4 g fat; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 25.3 g protein; 89 mg cholesterol; 651 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Excellent! I made this recipe as written, except I doubled it and sauteed the cabbage for the Colcannon in my bacon pan instead of microwaving. The stew will thicken and reduce, so be careful wi...

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Word to the wise. Do not use Guinness Stout. My guinness loving husband and I found it so bitter as to be inedible. I have strained off the broth and I am trying to rescue it with beef broth and...

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Excellent! I made this recipe as written, except I doubled it and sauteed the cabbage for the Colcannon in my bacon pan instead of microwaving. The stew will thicken and reduce, so be careful wi...

This was a fantastic recipe! I made the stew with a can of Guinness beer. After browning the meat in a skillet, I threw everything in the crockpot and cooked on low for 7 hours. The meat was ver...

I never rate a recipe as I rely on the women to tell if its good or not. But this stew has to be spoken up about. It is purely a mans stew. Strong and robust I made this on a hunting trip with m...

Holy moly, this recipe is amazing. I only had 2lb of meat on hand, but treated the recipe as the original 8 servings for the remaining ingredients. This is so delicious. I used 4 cloves of garli...

This is perfect! I wanted some good old fashioned comfort food due to the cold weather today and got to thinking about my Grams irish stew ofcourse i dont have her recipe so i came here.Glad i d...

This was excellent! I didn't have any dark beer so I just used regular beer but added a bit of molasses. I also only had a pound of stewing beef so decided to try something completely differen...

I made this last night for supper and my five year old(who never likes anything I cook)not only finished everything on her plate, but asked if I would make it again tonight!!!I made the recipe e...

Excellent! As someone who is not a fan of corned beef, I was looking for another main dish I could serve. This was it! I did brown the meat and coat it in flour as the recipe directs, but the...

This is a terrific flavored stew. I omitted the flour and used guiness beer. Even though I only used 1lb of beef I kept the same ratio of braising liquid and braised on the stove top covered f...