Irish Stew is pure comfort food deliciousness. Browned lamb, fresh veggies, and aromatic herbs are simmered low and slow in a deliciously rich beer and beef broth gravy for a stew you’re going to love!
Stew in the winter is a staple in our house. It warms us up on a chilly day, and fills our belly with hearty meat and veggies that we crave in these colder months. Stews like this make life just a little bit easier, because we’re not scrambling to get dinner on the table in time! We start this earlier in the day, and then it just has to simmer on the stove to bring out all of those amazing flavors, leaving us to just dish it out and sit down at the table together to enjoy. We’ve decided that stews like this must be eaten with your favorite dinner roll or crusty bread, and we highly recommend you do too!
Guinness beer is the most common, and in our opinion, the best beer for this Irish stew, as it is from Ireland. If you do not want to use Guinness you can also use any dark stout beer.
If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you do not have to use beer to make this Irish stew. Simply replace regular beer with non-alcoholic beer, or you can replace it with beef broth.
What kind of potatoes are best for Comforting Irish Stew?
Red potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes hold up better than russet potatoes in a stew. Russet potatoes can get grainy because they are more starchy. Bonus: Yukon Gold and Red potatoes don’t need to be peeled. Win-win!
If you prefer to leave out the alcohol, you do not have to add wine. We love the added depth of flavor it brings, but you can always replace the cooking wine with beef broth.
Lamb or Mutton are traditionally used for an Irish stew. That being said, lamb and mutton can be hard to find in many stores! Beef is a common and great substitute when you can’t find lamb.
Storage and Reheating Instructions:
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through.
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