Me Sainted Grandma O’Bryant’s Irish Stew

Me Sainted Grandma O’Bryant’s Irish Stew

‘Tis time I think, to update me post from 2015…

For all ye know, this recipe was handed down to me from me above-mentioned “sainted grandma O’Bryant.”

Truth be told, it was not. In 2013, I started researching all things Irish and I came upon a nice lamb stew recipe. I tried it out and it was OK, but nothing you’d want to write home about — or attribute to your mostly Irish grandmother.

But year after year I tweaked and toyed with it, until I came up with something I was sure my ancestors would be proud of. And since then, on St. Paddy’s Day, I have spent the evening before the last workday before March 17th cooking and dancing up a storm so I could bring this newly-created-ancient-recipe to share with my coworkers.

[yumprint-recipe id=’3′]And now, for the second part…

If you’re really feeling the Irish vibe, (and by this time, I’m sure you are) you might be wondering what to do for the next 4 hours.  Well, me bucko, I’ve just the thing! A traditional accompaniment to Irish stew, is Moist Soda Bread, for which I just happen to have the recipe, as well as a way to put that Jameson to another good use!

For this one, don’t leave out the soaked fruit, or the caraway seeds.  You’ll see why once you get to the dough stage – it smells HEAVENLY! Also, I have a confession.  Though I’ve tried a few times, I haven’t mastered the soda bread thing yet.  Either that, or I just haven’t acquired a taste for it.  No matter how “moist” the recipe claims to be, I find it dry and crumbly, which according to people I’ve talked to, is quite authentic. But give it a try and see for yourself.  What else were you going to do with that 4 hours?

[yumprint-recipe id=’4′]Enjoy and SLAINTE!

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