Slow Cooker Irish Stew
- 2 tbsp oil
- 3 lbs cubed beef or lamb stewing meat
- 6 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
- 4 cups peeled and cubed turnip
- 3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
- 2 cups coarsely chopped onions
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups Guiness stout beer (or extra beef stock which is what I use)
- 2 tsp dry thyme
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 cups beef stock (or water + 1 bouillon cube)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1⁄4 cup cold water
- 1⁄3 cup minced parsley leaves
Heat 1 tbsp oil in large skillet, when it start to shimmer add the beef cubes in a single layer to brown for approximately for 3-4 minutes per side. (You may need to do this in batches.)
Meanwhile place the potatoes, turnip and carrots into your slow cooker.
When the meat is browned, transfer it to your slow cooker insert.
Reduce heat to medium, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onions and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits, until onions have browned, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the remaining salt, the pepper, thyme, bay leaves and beer to the pan. Bring to a simmer and transfer to your slow cooker insert.
Pour the beef stock into the slow cook.
Cook on low for 6 hours (or high for 3 hours).
Stir the corn starch into cold water until it is smooth and milky. Set your slow cooker to high and stir the dissolved cornstarch into the stew along with the minced parsley. Cook for another 15-30 minutes, until it begins to thicken.
Remove the bay leaves and serve