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Boxty and Beef Stew


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One of the best Irish recipes I've ever had. Had this in a restaurant, and pretty much have it matched here. Good for a cold weekend day. (Boxty is an Irish pancake made of potatoes).

Boxty and Irish Stew

Irish Beef Stew Recipe

• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 6 large garlic cloves, minced
• 6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
• I cup of Guinness beer
• 1 cup of fine red wine
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 2 bay leaves
• 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
• 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
• Salt and Pepper
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
2 While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.
3 Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Done.

While the stew is cooking, make the boxty.


3 cups shredded potatoes
3 cups mashed potatoes
3 eggs
add milk to desired consistency (same as pancakes)

Mix everything thoroughly and cook on stove as you would pancakes.

To serve:

Get plates and lay Boxty pancake flat. Pour a scoop or two of stew in center of Boxty and fold over at center.

Gotta have a cold beer with this meal.
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