Ireland March 17

Saint Patrick’s Day

is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland,[11] the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.[12] Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.

 

Beef and Stout Stew with

  1. Dumplings
    Serves 6
    Ingredients:
    1. 2 pounds of trimmed stewing beef
    2. 4 tablespoons oil
    3. 2 tablespoons of flour
    4. 1 large onion chopped
    5. Salt and pepper to taste
    6.1 cup beef broth
    7. 1 bottle Stout
    8. 4 carrots and 2 celery stalks chopped
    9. 10 mushrooms sliced and 1 bay leaf
    Dumplings
    Ingredients:
    1. ½ cup flour
    2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
    3. ¼ cup butter
    4. 1 tablespoon dried parsley
    5. ¼ cup cheddar cheese
    Method;
    Heat oil in large oven ready pan while heating put flour in large bowl and season with salt and pepper mix beef in flour and brown in small batches. When the beef is all browned set aside, add a little water and scrape brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add a little more oil and toss in onions and cook until soft, add carrots, celery cook for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and browned beef with juices back to the pan cook 10 minutes. Add Stout and bay leaf simmer for 2 hours. After 2 hours add dumpling.
    For dumplings mix all ingredients then make 6 balls, drop on top of the stew and bake in the oven at 350 until doubled. Enjoy

Try with:
Guinness beer or a Barbera wine                           Sláinte!!