Last summer I went to (and fell in love with) Ireland. The countryside and people are both just the nicest things you could ever hope to encounter. The food is solid. Maybe not so well known around the world and maybe not as varied as say the cuisines of India, but it was excellent nonetheless. The most famous Irish dish (assuming you don’t count Guinness to be a meal in and of itself) is beef stew. I’ve found myself making it from time to time when I start to miss the chilled winds and green pastures of the Emerald Isle.
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 bay leaf
2 potatoes, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced thick
1 large parsnip, peeled and sliced thick
2 1/2 cups beef broth
parsley, for garnishing (optional)
- Use a fork to poke holes in the steak. Place a skillet on high heat and brown each side of the steak for 2-3 minutes until some color appears.
- Remove the steak and slice into small bitesized pieces.
- In the basin of your slow cooker mix together the tomato paste, soy sauce, and corn starch. Add the remaining ingredients, including the beef and turn the slow cooker onto high and cook for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8.
- Top with parsley if using and serve.