This Irish stew is a delicious and incredibly easy feast for your St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Every St. Patrick’s Day, I forsake my married name.
You see, I was born “Erin O’Neill,” and I’ve always loved how proud and Irish it sounds. Sure, “Clarke” is just fine – inoffensive and not terribly difficult to spell – but I do miss the clear connection to my heritage. For this reason, every St. Patrick’s Day I make a special point to celebrate that heritage – and to wear my favorite emerald green high tops.
No matter my last name (or yours!), St. Patrick’s Day gives us all good reason to celebrate with full Irish flair. Wear your green, grab a Guinness™, and let’s make a big pot of Slow Cooker Irish Stew!
This stew begins with a classic mix of veggies, Progresso™ Beef or Chicken Broth, and for the Irish factor, beer. Guinness™ would be most appropriate, but any dark beer you enjoy will be delicious. (I went with a nice Wisconsin porter.)
Before placing the meat in the slow cooker, take a few moments to brown it on the stove. It’s an extra step, but the caramelization and extra texture the browning provides is more than worth the effort.
From here, all of the ingredients get cozy in the slow cooker. I’d call this a “set it and forget it” meal, except that it smells so enticing while it cooks, it’s hard to stay away.
No matter your heritage, this simple and hearty slow cooker stew is sure to become a fast favorite in your home – on St. Patrick’s Day or any day!