Not only that, but I’ve had “Holiday” by Madonna in my head for days, except that with the Great Blizzard of 2017 looming over my head, and school canceled for today and maybe tomorrow, this is how “Holiday” is coming out when I sing aloud:
“I live in my sister’s basement!”
(Lindsay, this one is for you)
So what am I celebrating, and how am I celebrating? I’m celebrating the release of Beauty and the Beast (more on that later) and I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! I used to celebrate as a kid, with a four-leaf clover pendant and some Lucky Charms. We had them for Valentine’s Day and my birthday as well, so that was three times a year for Lucky Charms! I didn’t discover the magic of the slow cooker until we got married and my friend Rachel got it for us from our registry. You could say I dig it.
Today we have a snow day and an extra kid. Although all three kids in our house today are at least partly Irish, I’m not sure they’ll eat with us. That’s ok – it smells so good that I don’t know if I want to share! Have you ever made an Irish Beef Stew?
It looks pretty awesome, right? We started making it this morning and my house already smells like heaven. It’s perfect for this snow day, and to enjoy during this festive St. Patrick’s Day week. I wanted to share one of our traditions with you!
- 1 1/2 pounds extra lean stew beef
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons canola or olive oil
- 4-5 medium Yukon gold potatoes - peeled/diced
- 1 1/2 cups baby carrots - peeled and diced
- 1 large yellow onion - chopped
- 2 garlic gloves - minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 4 cups beef broth
- 11.2 oz bottle Guinness extra stout
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bayleaf
- 1/2 Tablespoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Parsley, to garnish
- Add the beef, salt, pepper and flour to a large mixing bowl. Toss well to coat the beef.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour-coated beef. Brown on all sides. Set aside.
- Turn the crockpot on and spray with a non stick coating spray. Add the potatoes, carrots, onions and bay leaf.
- Place the browned beef, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and thyme on top of the vegetables.
- Pour the beef broth and Guinness into the crockpot and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the Guinness Irish beef stew in a bowl or on top of mashed potatoes. Garnish with parsley, if desired.