Recipe: busch gardens annie grogan’s irish stew

Recipe: busch gardens annie grogan’s irish stew

Busch Gardens Annie Grogan’s Irish Stew

1 (2 1/2 pound) beef chuck, 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups yellow onions, chopped coarse
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup Burgundy wine
2 teaspoons chicken base
2 bay leaves
1 cheesecloth
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
3 1/4 cups water
2 cups potatoes, 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/4 cups carrots, battonnet strips
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 cup pearl onions
1 fresh parsley stem

Preheat oven to 240 degrees F.

Heat 1/2 of oil in large ovenproof Dutch oven on stove at medium-high heat. Dredge beef cubes with salt and peeper. Add meat in Dutch oven and brown on all sides. Meat should cook until it begins to turn dark brown. DO NOT allow meat to burn. Remove meat and reserve.

Heat remainder of oil in Dutch oven. Add onions and sauté until they begin to brown. Add garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds. DO NOT cook garlic for more than 30 seconds, as it will burn. Stir in flour and cook until lightly colored (3-4 minutes).

Wrap bay leaves and thyme in cheesecloth and tie off end.

Add wine, scraping up any residue stuck to bottom of Dutch oven. Mix chicken base with hot water (1 teaspoon base to each cup of water). Add chicken stock, bay leaves, and thyme and bring to a simmer.

Add meat and return to a simmer. Cover and place in oven at 240 degrees F for one hour. Add remaining water and allow to simmer for another 1 hour and 30 minutes. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel carrots and cut into 1 x 1/4-inch strips. Twenty minutes before stew is finished, steam potatoes and carrots for 10 minutes. Stir cooked vegetables into stew. Add peas and pearl onions, cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and remove bay leaves. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Irish Soda Bread goes well with this dish.

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