Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Real Irish Stew Made with Guinness Stout and Red Wine

Today, my friends and I had a St. Patrick’s Day Party. One of my friends made Irish Soda Bread from scratch, and she served it with sweet butter. Another of my friends made corned beef and from a gourmet bakery, he bought a loaf of homemade rye bread to make sandwiches. Another of my friends made Irish potatoes from cream cheese, and I made real Irish stew with Stout Guinness Beer and Red Wine. Here is how I made it:

2# Round Steak Cubed
Bacon Drippings [Olive Oil will work]’
6 Cloves Garlic
3 tsp. salt
32 Ounces Beef Broth
1 c. – 2 c. Red Wine [I used Woodbridge Pinot Noir]
1 Large Bottle Guinness Stout Beer
1 c. – 2 c. water
3 Medium Sized Onions
Bag of small carrots
3# Red New Potatoes
4 stalks of celery
1 T. Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 T. sugar
8 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Salt the cubes of meat, and then fry them in the bacon grease. It is almost politically correct to cook anything in bacon grease now, but because I wanted my Irish Stew to be special for my friends, I fried the cubes of round steak in bacon grease. I didn’t flour them first. I simply fried them until they were very brown. After the meat had browned, I added the chopped garlic to the hot grease mixture. When the garlic was sauteed, I spooned the meat and garlic into a large, heavy pot and added the rest of the ingredients to the pot. After the mixture came to a boil, I cooked it on low, low heat–for about 3 more hours.

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