Today, St. Patrick's Day in Houston dawned cold, thanks to the strong front that blew through yesterday. The cold weather is just a good excuse to make a warming Irish stew for your St. Patrick's Day celebration or if you want to make it before heading out to one of the many St. Patrick's Day celebrations at Houston-area pubs.
If you are looking for recipes that are a little greener or more traditional, try these:
Feel free to make substitutions to this Irish stew recipe to lighten it up or to make use of what you have in your cabinet. One of the best twists is to use turkey meat and turkey sausage instead of ham and pork sausage. If you don't get to make it today for St. Patrick's Day, make it tomorrow morning for a hangover cure to offset all the Guinness you drink today.
- 2 tbsp. olive oil or bacon fat
- 1 cup diced ham
- 6 to 8 breakfast sausage links, diced
- 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 lb. peeled and diced potatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 2 tsp. dried parsley
- Black pepper and salt to taste
- Heat the olive oil or bacon fat over medium-high heat.
- Brown the ham and sausage in the heated oil.
- Transfer the browned meat to a stew pot.
- Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Cook until the potatoes break down and thicken the broth slightly.
- Serve hot.