This year is really flying by and believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner on Sunday the 17th! I put together this pork stew for tonight's dinner this morning and as soon as I tasted it tonight when I got home, I knew it would be a perfect St. Paddy's Day recipe.
While traditional Irish Stew is made with mutton, the pork shoulder steaks in this recipe are much easier to find at the local market and still offer great flavor thanks to the lovely marbling they have. One of my favorite parts about the recipe is that it's incredibly easy -- throw everything in the crockpot, cover, set to low and come back in 8-10 hours to a perfect, hearty meal. Can't get much better than that for St. Patrick's Day -- or any day, really. Forget at about that over-salted stringy corned beef this year and try something new!
St. Patrick's Day Crockpot Irish Stew
1.5 lbs. pork shoulder steaks
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-4" pieces
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large 2" chunks
1/4-1/2 cup chopped celery leaves (go ahead and throw some chopped stalks if you like, too)
1/2 cup good-tasting beer (I used an unfiltered wheat ale)
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
3 bay leaves
Mix together salt, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder. Rub over pork steaks. Put steaks in the bottom of your crockpot. Top with bay leaves and chopped carrots, potatoes and celery leaves. Pour beer and water over the top of everything. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
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