Whip up a St Patrick’s Day feast tonight (Picture: Getty)
It’s St Patrick’s Day and if you want to celebrate Ireland’s national day, try these recipes for dinner tonight.
There’s no exact recipe and the ingredients can vary a little but a traditional Irish stew is a hearty mix of lamb, potatoes and some root vegetables.
This recipe, adapted from one by Miele, adds extra flavour with a drop of Guinness.
And if you’re not a fan of lamb, you can easily substitute it for cubed beef shin or short ribs instead.
To go with it, you can whip up a loaf of soda bread – a quick bake that doesn’t need any yeast.
Ingredients for Guinness stew
Create a delicious stew (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 150g streaky smoked bacon, finely chopped
- 1.5kg cubed beef shin or short ribs, or lamb shank
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1kg of potatoes, cut into large chunks
- 1kg of carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 3 tbsp. plain flour
- 600ml Guinness
- 500ml beef stock
- 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley and bay leaf)
- Season the meat with plenty of salt and pepper and leave to one side for 15 minutes. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large casserole over a high heat and sear the meat all over, if needed, do this in batches. Remove from the casserole and tip out most of the fat from the dish.
- Add the remaining oil, onion and garlic and sweat for 10 minutes or until softened. Add the bacon and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes and then add the Guinness, stock, herbs, potatoes, carrots and beef. Season well and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for about 3 hours (you could do this either in the oven on a low temperature, the hob or in a steam oven on 100C).
- When ready, remove from the oven, check the meat is tender and serve.
Ingredients for soda bread
Soda bread is a very quick bake (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- 450g wholemeal flour + extra for dusting
- 50g rolled oats
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- 50g butter
- 425ml homemade buttermilk (400ml whole milk, 50ml lemon juice or vinegar)
For the glaze
- 2 tsp buttermilk
- 2 tsp oats
- Preheat an oven on a fan setting at 200ºC. Lightly flour a baking tray.
- Put the flour, oats, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter.
- To make your own buttermilk, simply mix 400ml whole milk with 50ml lemon juice or vinegar, stir, leave to one side for 20 minutes and then proceed with the recipe.
- Stir in the buttermilk and mix well. Using your hands, bring the mixture together to form a dough. Slightly flatten out the dough and cut a cross in the top. Place on the baking tray and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
- Brush the top of the dough with the remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with the oats. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes on a fan setting at 200ºC and spray a little water into the oven before sliding the baking tray in. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before slicing and serving.
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