Friday night, Amanda came over. We were so excited about how it feels like Fall is officially here. The leaves have just started to change in Ann Arbor and the air is crisp and chilly. The gray clouds hanging overhead seem familiar and comforting. I am probably the only person who will call those clouds comforting, but I love cloudy, Fall days. Friday, as every day has been for the past week and a half, was a perfect Fall day. So Amanda and I were inspired to make a warm, homey dish and I’d been craving beef for days. We decided to go for a traditional Irish stew.
I started by cutting beef stew cuts into bite-sized chunks…
…and then tossed them in flour and herbs.
Then I put the meat into the only clean pan I had to brown it in…my wok.
I cooked the meat until it only had some pink spots left. Amanda took out the beef so that we could start working with the vegetables in the wok.
Amanda was in charge of chopping the vegetables…
We put the vegetables in the bottom of the wok to steam them a bit first. We noticed that we had a bit of burnt stuff at the bottom, so after the vegetables had steamed for a minute, we poured in beef broth and scraped the bottom of the pan to get out the burnt, but flavorful, stuff.
While Amanda was cutting up red potatoes to add to the stew later, she came across a potato that was larger than every other ‘tato in the bag. It was at least twice the size. Amanda wanted the world to see this potato. So, I present to you the Mega-tato.
|This is the Megatato. It was delicious.|
As I mentioned before, the only clean pan I had that was big enough to cook stew in was my wok. Yet, another strange incident in my kitchen. I am very proud to say that it worked!
I added the beef back to the stew, and we let it simmer for half an hour.
We added chopped red potatoes and garlic…
…And we let our stew stew for 40 minutes.
In the last 10 minutes, I whisked some flour and water together, and poured it into the stew. Then I turned up the heat and let it boil for ten minutes.
It was a glorious stew, absolutely perfect for Fall. The broth was lovely and thick, and the vegetables were cooked thoroughly. All of the deep flavors in the stew made me feel all warm and cozy. The beef held on to its own flavors and I made sure to put plenty in my bowl. We were lucky to have some leftover, but then we Amanda and I fought over the leftovers. We were able to split it so that we each got a decent amount of stew, but I still think she got more beef than I did…Sneaky girl…
Now that I know how to make this stew, I’ll be stopping by Kroger on my way home and grabbing beef stew cuts so that I can have an easy and incredible dinner. This stew didn’t take much effort at all! I can’t wait to make more…
Recipe for Traditional Irish Stew