IRISH STEW Serves 6-8
Recipe by Jeanne Raffetto Tentis
2 T Extra virgin olive oil
3 Bay leaves
2 lbs. lamb, 1 ½-2 inch cubed (beef can be substituted)
1 large onion, ¼ inch slices
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 t dry thyme (or 1-2 T fresh)
1 t dry rosemary (or 1-2 T fresh, finely chopped)
2-3 T flour
¾ c beef stock
½ c Guiness stout, add more if you want additional liquid
1 T fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
½ lb carrots, sliced
2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Rinse meat and pat dry with paper towels. Season meat generously with salt and pepper. Heat a 6 quart pot and add oil and bay leaf. Cook for a few minutes. Add meat in batches and brown all sides. Add onion and cook until transparent. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Stir in flour and mix until smooth. Add beef stock and stout; simmer, stirring until thickened somewhat. Place in a 275 degree oven for 2-3 hours or until meat is very tender., or cook on low on top of the stove. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Cook for another 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve in large bowls with Irish soda bread or a hearty loaf of French or Italian bread
BANGERS IN GUINNESS
Serves 3 Recipe by Jeanne Raffetto Tentis
1 LB. Irish bangers (about 6 sausages)
1-2 T olive oil
½ c Guinness stout
1T English mustard (or substitute Dijon), optional
In a medium skillet heat 1-2 T of olive oil. Add the bangers and brown all around, turning frequently. Add ¼- ½ c of Guinness. Cover, lower heat, and cook 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.
If making a pan sauce, remove sausages. Mix 1T of mustard in a small bowl with the heated Guinness. Add to remaining Guinness in the pan and mix thoroughly. If needed, add additional beef stock to thin. Cook over medium high heat until reduced and slightly thickened. Taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed.
GRANDMA’S POTATOES COLCANNON Serves 6
6 medium potatoes, peeled
4 c shredded cabbage or kale
¼ c butter
1 c milk, warmed (approx)
1 small onion or 6 scallions. Diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Quarter potatoes and boil in salted water until tender. At the same time, shred cabbage as you would for slaw, using a really green head. Boil uncovered, until tender, 5-7 minutes; drain well. Add half of the butter and onion to the cabbage, return to heat for a few minutes. When potatoes are tender, drain well and shake pan over the heat until the potatoes are dry. Mash, adding milk to make smooth and a bit thinner than you would normally serve mashed potatoes. Add remaining butter, cabbage and onion mixture and stir until incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Colcannon should be served in a mound with a well of melted butter in the center.
FENNEL SODA BREAD Yields: 12 servings
3 c all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1t baking soda
½ t salt
¾ c sugar
1 T fennel seed
2 eggs, beaten
1¾ c buttermilk
2 t butter, melted
3T butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch round cake pan. (I use a nine-inch spring form and it works fine) In a large bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and fennel seed. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and blend with the buttermilk and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, until just blended using a large spoon. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Dot with the 3 T chilled butter pieces. Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden and toothpick comes out clean. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
This bread is moist and is delicious on its own or with any meal.
EMERALD GEM CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
½ T green crème de menthe
Mint leaves for garnish
Chill champagne. Add crème de menthe to glass or flute, top with champagne and stir slightly. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.