Noel McMeel’s Irish stew

Chef: Costcutter
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 180 mins
Noel McMeel’s Irish stew

For the stew:

1½kg/3lb 5oz stewing beef, cut into cubes

175g/6oz streaky bacon

3 tbsp olive oil

12 baby onions, peeled

3 Small Parsnips

3 carrots, cut into quarters or 12 baby carrots, scrubbed and left

whole salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp chopped thyme

2 tbsp chopped parsley

10 cloves of garlic, crushed and grated

425ml/15fl oz red wine

425ml/15fl oz chicken or beef stock

For the roux:

50g/2oz butter

50g/1¾oz flour

Brown the beef and bacon in the olive oil in a hot casserole or heavy saucepan.

Remove the meat and toss in the onions, parsnips and carrots, one ingredient at a time, seasoning each time.

Place these back in the casserole, along with the herbs and garlic. Cover with red wine and stock and simmer for one hour or until the meat and vegetables are cooked.

To make the roux, in a separate pan melt the butter, add the flour and cook for two minutes.

When the stew is cooked, remove the meat and vegetables. Bring the remaining liquid to the boil and add one tbsp of roux.

Whisk the mixture until the roux is broken up and the juices have thickened, allowing it to come to the boil.

Replace the meat and vegetables, and taste for seasoning.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with champ. 

Serves
4

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
180 minutes

Main ingredients
Beef, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Family Dinners

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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