Irish Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Ever since I went to Ireland last summer, I have had an inkling for more delicious Irish food.  This is my first attempt at making some myself!  This recipe is from Lauren’s Latest, and it is FANTASTIC.  It takes a while to make, but is not too hard at all.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. stew meat
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • heaping 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • mashed potatoes

Directions:

  1. In large pot or deep skillet, brown stew meat in olive oil until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes.
  2. Pour in onions, carrots, garlic and spices. Cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Deglaze pan with beef broth. Cover and simmer 2-4 hours or until meat is very tender.
  4. When you are ready to serve, in a small bowl stir softened butter and flour together until smooth and incorporated.
  5. Stir butter mixture into the stew with the frozen peas. Once the gravy thickens slightly, it’s done.
  6. Serve hot over mashed potatoes.
  7. Have some Irish beer (with your food of course)!
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