Irish Pork Stew – bring on Fall weather

No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, and by golly it’s not even Fall or Winter, but my taste buds were crying out for some comfort food.  I do love the simplicity of summer cooking, you know fresh veggies, using the outdoor grill etc.  However,  there’s nothing quite like a bowl of comfort and this Irish Pork Stew ticked all the boxes for my husband..  I’ve mentioned before that I’m happy with a fish and vegetarian diet these days, but I like to cook a good hearty man’s stew for hubby every so often.  This definitely ticked all the boxes for him 🙂

Ahhh, the aroma of this hearty and filling stew on the stove pleased all taste buds, including my own 🙂

Served over a bed of mashed potatoes.  I did not add the Brussels sprouts as I did not have any on hand, but I’d be sure to do that the next time, including some pearl onions.

Irish Pork Stew

  • Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 12 fluid ounce bottle dark beer (such as Guinness)
  • 2 cups, chicken broth
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 12 Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. Season pork cubes with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a pot over high heat.  Working in batches, cook and stir pork in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes.  Transfer pork to a bowl and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Melt butter in the pot.  Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in hot butter until onion is softened and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.  Add garlic, sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir flour into onion mixture, cook and stir until flour is completely incorporated, about 2 minutes.  Add bay leaf and caraway seed, cook for 2 more minutes.  Pour Guinness into onion  mixture.  Cook and stir until thickened, 1 to 3 minutes.
  5. Stir pork, chicken broth, carrots, and celery into beer mixture; bring to simmer.  Stir 1/4 cup parsley and balsamic vinegar into stew, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pork is fork tender, about 2 hours.
  6. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the brussels sprouts and cook uncovered until almost tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain.
  7. Stir Brussels sprouts into stew and simmer until heated through about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide mashed potatoes between 6 bowls.  Ladle stew over potatoes and top each with a pinch of parsley.

23 comments

    1. Sometimes I tend to eat steak when we dine out as I don’t cook it at home and I love a good filet mignon. But for the most part, give me fish and veggies, and I’m a happy camper. I hope the “buccha” is doing well Freda 🙂

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    1. My husband loves potatoes with anything Judi – Imagine his eyes when he saw this plated :)) We’re back in the 80’s again, so will have to wait a while to repeat this recipe.

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    1. Is it a religious thing Sandhya, that you don’t eat pork? As you know I’d rather just stick with veggies and fish, but Bert loves his meat every so often, and this truly was a winner in his eyes, I too enjoyed it. I hope the remnants of Jose didn’t affect you too much?

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    1. Will definitely be making this again Julie after this mini heatwave has passed. I love dishes like these when everything is cooked together. Thanks for stopping by. Julie, I made an upside down apricot cake and made some substitutions – I was a bit disappointed with the texture, but it did not comprise on taste and presentation. You’re quite the baker, I wonder if you could chime in and let me know what you think might have gone wrong? I did not make up a post, but rather posted it on FB and got some suggestions.

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