St Patrick’s Day always brings a rush of my childhood memories and simple food. One of my family favourites growing up was the weekly stew. It was so easy to make, just like throwing a few veg and a bit of meat together with water and seasoning and letting it boil off but it was just delicious,. We’d scoff it off with lots of white bread to soak up any leftover soup.
This is a one-pot wonder, if I want a really clear soup in the stew I then tend to use two pots using one initially to cook the meat separately for 20 minutes and placing the meat pieces into the veg after that.
- 1.5lb chuck beef steak
- 2 bags of carrots (about 1Kg)
- 1 Turnip
- 2 Onions (medium sized)
- Seasoning (salt & white pepper)
- 8 Potatoes (medium size)
Putting it all together:
- Place the chuck steak into a large saucepan and cover with boiling water, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- During that 20 minutes peel the carrots and turnips and chop into chunks. Then finely chop the onions.
- After twenty minutes add the vegetables into the meat.
- Season with the two teaspoons of salt and two teaspoons of white pepper.
- Put the lid on the stew and let it simmer for at least 3 hours Check it regularly to ensure there is plenty of water and check the seasoning.
- After 3 hours check the meat to ensure it’s completely tender (depends on what size chunks the steak has been cut at). If it is ready then peel and cut the potatoes in half and place on top of the stew. Place lid back on and simmer again for about half an hour or til the potatoes (spuds) are cooked.
Eating and enjoying it
Spoon into bowls and serve with delicious fresh white bread. What do you think, is it something you’d make yourself or do you have a secret ingredient that will make it even more delicious?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2011 on 17 March.