St Patrick's day is honestly a little overlooked and underwhelming as far as holidays go. That's ok though! We have been beatened to death with commercial marketing and made up blow out sales for all the predeceasing holidays thus far.
I honestly never paid attention to this one, being not of a Irish background, Other then going for green beers and jello shoots as a young adult. Now as a parent I get a new perspective on the holiday. The school my girls attend have a visit from the Leperchuan complete with hidden treats and fun pranks. I thought this year we would try to incorporate a bit of that into our home.
We made very simple Lucky Charms squares for the kids and a really rich Guinness stew for dinner. So delish!
The same as my (and everyone's) basic rice crispy square
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 ½ cups mini marshmallows
5 cups Lucky Charms cereal
Green food colouring
Place cereal in large mixing bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over med/low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. Add in food colouring until you reach your desired shade of green. Pouring melted marshmallow mixture over cereal and begin mixing immediately. Careful mixture will be hot so make use of a wooden spoon for this. When all cereal is evenly coated and things are nice and gooey, pour into an 8x8 greased baking pan. Press down with hands. Let sit until cool before slicing.
Irish Beef Stew
8 slices Canadian Bacon, diced
8 Simmering Blade Steaks, cut into 1" cubes
2 medium yellow Onions, chopped
4 Garlic cloves, sliced
4 Carrots, peeled 1/2' slices
2 Celery stalks, 1' slices
2 cups Crimini Muchrooms, sliced
1 bag baby Potatoes, halved
1/4 cup finely chopped Parsley ( for garnish)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 tbsp. all purpose flour
Salt & Pepper
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. dried Thyme
4 cups Beef Stock
1/4 cup prepared Coffee (strong)
1 bottle Guiness
Season steak with salt and pepper. Heat dutch oven over medium heat. Brown bacon then remove to paper towel to drain. Add seasoned steak chunks and brown on all sides (you may removed some or all of the bacon fat if you desire). Remove steak and set aside.
Add butter to pot. Once melted add flour and cook 2 min. Add beef stock, coffee, and guiness to the pot. Stir until flour is combined into the liquids. Add meats back into the pot along with thyme, bay leafs, and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer over med-low heat for 2 1/2 hours.
Add all vegtables (except parsley). Cook for 45 min. Check vegetables for tenderness.
Remove bay leaves and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley to garnish.
I hope you all had a lucky day!