Reviews for Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon
Stew was easy to make and didn't have ton's of ingredients. I did have to season more than the recipe stated though. The colcannon was great! I had never put bacon in mine before. I also use leek in my colcannon. Thanks!
I will be making this again! it was really good! i wanted something besides corned beef for st pat's day. I didn't have the dark beer. But it was still wonderful... i was really wondering if those potatoes with cabbage and bacon would be good. That was the best part, my husband even liked it, and said he would like it again too. It was very filling. I did not make a bunch of it though. I made the stew in my pressure cooker because i came home to late to bake it.
Good basic stew. I made it in the crockpot and added some tomato paste to add some depth. The colcannon was really good. Very tasty and would definitely make it again.
Made this St. Patrick's eve, cooking entirely on stove top. I steamed the cabbage a bit longer to make it more tender, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. A hit with hubby and all 4 kids! So delicious! Will definitely make again!
Enjoyed by all! New St. Patrick's Day tradition.
This has become one of my favorite recipes. Worth every minute of the making. Make enough for leftovers tomorrow.... You'll want them!
what a great alternative to corned beef! I actually did this with chicken b/c i'm not a beef fan. It was still delicious! I followed the recipe except i did it on the stove. The colcannon was one of the best i've ever had.
I looked for a St Patrick's Day meal that didn't involve either corned beef or lamb, and this is what I chose. We were not disappointed! I used a red beer instead of a dark (because that was what I had in the house), and, like some other reviewers, I cooked the cabbage in the bacon drippings, rather than the microwave. I did wind up thickening the stew liquid with more flour before I served it, which made a rich and tangy gravy. I used a bit less meat and added more carrots and onions, but that is just a personal preference. Since I didn't have a Dutch oven, I simmered the pot on the top of the stove at low heat for a couple of hours, and the beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Serving the stew on top of the colcannon was a wonderful combination. This is a definite keeper! But getting 8 servings from it, as written? Not in my house - perhaps we just enjoyed it TOO much!
This was excellent! I substituted Kale for the cabbage and added freshly chopped onions to the Colcannon (at the suggestion of my friend from Dublin). I browned the meat on the stove top, added the flour and then put everything in the slow cooker.
Great Recipe!!! Made this for my Irish husband for St. Paddy's Day. It was great. Didn't change a thing.
The whole family loves this which is a miracle considering we have six children, several of which are picky eaters. We don't drink alcohol so substituted beef broth for the beer and it was still amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing.
This stew is absolutely delicious!! I made it in a slow cooker the day before a football party. Made the Calcannon the day of the party & easily reheated the stew. So many compliments.
Awesome! Big hit when I brought it in to work on St Patricks Day. I added more beer than it called for to make more broth/sauce. Just added a bit more of the seasonings to make up for it. Colcannon was awesome to. Recipe very easy to make, I did not stray far from recipe at all.
Added some beef soup base and a can of corn. Could also add some diced tomatoes - LOVED IT. Made the calcannon with cream cheese as we do with mashed potatoes. Followed the rest according to recipe
This is our new go-to stew recipe...made this for St. Patrick's Day since we had just had corned beef and cabbage...everyone was raving over it and my son said this is his new favorite meal!! Won't make beef stew any other way from now on!! (Did use 2 cans of Guiness Draught though to make enough sauce)...and also sauted the cabbage in the bacon fat as another reviewer suggested :-)
This turned out well for my St. Patty's dinner but I would add the following chances. I added 4 carrots total and still would add more, if you want more gravy at the end of cooking, then add 2 c. of half beef broth, half chicken broth and leave the lid on while it cooks in the oven. I only had 1/2 c at most with 1 c.
SOO GOOOD... didn't have the beer so used beef broth, and it was amazing!!! I love the potatoes, and so do my children, so I think we'll be making them like that from now on!!! LOL I also used my crockpot as my children are all under 5 and I really don't have the time to watch a pot boil... LOL
Really good! Will definitely make again, but I would rather just make it on the stovetop, I didnt find the meat got as tender as I wanted in the oven.
Out of this world good. I think i read about 200 reviews before making this dish i had such anxiety that i popped a xanax mid way through prep. What beer? what beer? bitter? not bitter... I finally said to heck with this im using whatever i have in the fridge. I found a guinness extra stout ( my irish friends leftovers) and one funky buddha Wheat beer called floridian. We live in south florida. Anyway, I went with the wheat for fear of a bitter stew. I thankfully took the advice of the majority of reviews and used bacon grease with the cabbage and added a boatload of carrots, used two large onions. I doubled the Colcannon. Did this whole meal on stovetop with my 26 dollar Crofton 5 1/2 QT Cast Iron Dutch oven. yes folks 26 bucks..does everything yours does. :)- total time is close, about 2.45 hours from start to finish. I got a heck of a workout with the prep for this meal. Please sharpen your Chef's Knife before prep. Started prepping at 4pm, was eating just before 7pm.
Used Killian's Red. Everyone liked it.
My husband and I made this recipe together for a Pre-St. Patty's Day celebration dinner. It turned out very nice! We cooked the beer braised beef for half the time (we also halved the recipe and used 1lb of meat instead of 3lbs) and it still came out delicious. We took a slight detour with the cabbage. Instead of Microwaving it, we sated it w/ turkey bacon and eliminated the salt. Enjoying left overs today.
Made this stew and colcannon for our St. Patrick's Day dinner. It was very delicious. Meat came out super tender and I loved the flavor of the stew. I used Yuengling Black and Tan. The colcannon was delish also. I will probably add more cabbage next time because I love cabbage. I didn't microwave the cabbage, I reserved a little bit of the bacon fat and fried the cabbage until it was tender. It is very filling.
This recipe is excellent - thank you for sharing it! Some of the best stew I've ever made. Used an Arm Roast instead of a Chuck Roast. As other reviewers have mentioned, definitely add more milk than called for to the Colcannon otherwise it will turn out a bit dry.
Irish stew we give a two or three, mashed potatoes were a 4 star
This was delicious!! I don't think the colcannon was enough for 8 people even though I added an extra big potato. I also doubled the onions and carrots, so it wasn't basically just meat and potatoes. I used Guinness. Great St. Patty's Day meal!
I was very concerned about the negative reviews claiming that this stew was bitter using Guinness® Draught. Ignore them! This stew has fantastic flavor. The coffee/burnt flavor of beer gives the stew a different, yet remarkable taste. The thing I did change from the original recipe is that I simmered the chuck roast pieces with the seasonings and some beef broth in the Dutch oven for about 45 minutes prior to adding the beer and vegetables. I then cooked in the oven as directed to assure that the meat was melt in your mouth tender, without having mushy carrots and onions. I also added some celery that I had in the refrigerator. This stew served over the Colcannon is a keeper. Thanks
Prepared this exactly according to instructions. Very good. Husband and stepson raved! Used Guinness draught, not Guinness stout. Guinness draught is very smooth and not bitter in the least. It has a ping pong like ball in the can called a widget. It is supposed to be there so don't freak out.
I have made this three times now and my husband and I love it! I have tried it with three different types of dark beer and it was delicious each time. I follow the recipe exactly as written - no alterations are necessary.
This was so yummy on a cold Ohio winter day. My husband and 3 boy just loved it.
This was exceptionally tasty and not very hard to make. This will become a cold weather staple for us.
I have made this several times and it is wonderful! I use a porter style beer and we love it. It's not hard to make, so this is a staple for the winter months at our house. If I could give this 10 stars, I would!
This has a wonderful flavor and easy to make! Made without preplanning, so I didnt have any cabbage, so just made the mashed potatoes. My entire family loved it. I had an Oktoberfest beer to use and it tasted great, not bitter at all. I used chuck steak vs. roast, which made it quicker to cube as that is what I had planned to cook and was just looking for a different recipe. Will be making this alot in the future.
This is outstanding! Made as written however I added a cup of celery as well. It was in the garden along with the carrots and cabbage so i thought what the hay! Let's add celery, too! This is going to be a regular dish in our household now. Can't wait to make it for the extended family! Yum!
Incredible. I hate that it took so long, but it was well worth it. I'm usually bad with following directions and this is my second attempt at actually cooking from this site so I'm very pleased. Thank you.
One of our new faves! I use a whole onion and a pound of baby carrots and about a Guinness and a half and let it simmer longer to reduce. So good.
Fantastic! I pan seared my beef and then cooked for about 5 hours on low in a crockpot. It came out perfect. As for the potatoes, they are perfect as is, but I added some dried minced onion and a little cream cheese and sour cream, which makes them a little creamier. This goes great with the Irish Soda Bread from this site.
Very tasty. I added celery and would probably add just a little more beer next time. I used Rock Art Brewery Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout and it was delicious.
This was very good and easy to make. Served it at a party and everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.
So easy and so delicious! I love the idea of serving the stew over Colcannon instead of putting potatoes in the stew. It made the dish so rich and creamy. I will definitely adding this to my winter recipe repertoire.
Best stew I ever made. Followed other suggestions and used Guiness draught, not stout. Cooked this on low in my crock pot and it was perfect. There is no 'beer' taste to this - just a very good broth. Also, for the potatoes, I sauteed the cabbage and also some chopped green onions in the bacon grease before adding in with the mashed potatoes. Wonderful!
My family even are it!!
Oh. My. Gosh. - This was absolutely delicious! Like others, I browned the meat and then put it in a crockpot with everything else and it was done in 7 or 8 hours. I used the Guiness Stout, not Extra Stout, beer and that eliminated the bitterness some complained about. For the colcannon, I quick-sautéed the cabbage in the bacon grease to give just a little more flavor. We ate this last night and my husband is already asking when I'll make it again!
Made it with Irish Death - delicious! Not a lowfat meal, so won't be having it often, but it sure was yummy!
I wish the stew had more sauce, I would add a cup of beef broth before baking. The meat was tender. It wasn't my favorite, kind of bland. It was edible but not worth cooking again.
The flavor of this dish was incredibly good..and the aroma as it was cooking??? Yes, it made your mouth water! Delicious.
Simply awesome! No changes required - except I went with the idea of softening the cabbage in the bacon grease - worked out great! Definitely will be making this again!
I though this was so-so. However we only made the stew and substituted instant mashed potatoes. I think I would try another recipe next time.
Definitely should have made more potatoes! I was skeptical that I would not be able to get the cabbage past my boys and they loved it. I use white pepper and sour cream in my potatoes and used Sam Adams winter lager for beer. Outstanding and will definitely make again with double the colcannon.
Very easy to prepare and taste is awesome! Wonderful flavors from beer cooking veggies and meat. For the colcannon, I was in a rush and since just for DH and me, I just used part of a bag of pre-cut coleslaw mix and it worked out great. Will be making this again, specially during March and St. Paddy's Day. Thanks for the rec
This "Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon" recipe was very delicious! I actually hate the taste of beer, but I wanted to make an authentic ale-based recipe from the land of my ancestors just for the experience. I was pleasantly surprised that the exceptionally flavorful gravy didn't taste anything at all like beer. I can't think of any way to improve this recipe: it is perfect "as is." I will be making it again many, many more times. Thank you MNIKOLAISEN for sharing your recipe!
Loved it-- this will be a favorite on my table for a long Time. I can't Wait to make it for My Friends!
T his was delish! Only change I made was to add fingerling Yukon Gold potatoes cut into smaller chunks during the last 45 minutes. My hubby the wimp wouldn't eat Colcannon if I paid him.
Really good! Definitely will make again. Only change I made was I used garlic pepper instead of regular pepper.
This stew is Great ! The Colcannon is good too, but I like Diane's Colcannon a little better. So I make this stew and Diane's Colcannon (which I use diced ham instead of the bacon) for St. Patty's Day ! Can't wait till St. Patty's Day; can almost smell that stew acookin.
Made this recipe as written - absolutely wonderful!
Delicious! Thanks :)
This recipe is delicious! I added mushrooms and used beef stock instead of beer; also added a pinch of cinnamon for flavor depth.
Rich and Delicious. I don't know why this recipe doesn't have like 5k ratings. It is so good. I make my own mashed potatoes and put the stew over that, but man oh man...I make sure and make this during the cold months every year.
This was fantastic. I made mine with a milk stout. Much better than Guinness, which tends to be on the bitter side when cooking. I changed some things here and there as i do using all recipes, however this is a fine road map. Regarding the Colcannon, I fried the cabbage in bacon fat and butter instead of steaming it in the microwave. It was the best colcannon i have ever had, even as good as the Au Poitin Stil in Lutherhville, Md.
Yes I will make it again but next time I am leaving out the bay leaves. I did not like the smell of them
So flavorful and perfect for cold winter nights. It's good with regular mashed potatoes, too, but even better with the colcannon.
This dish was very good but needs a lot more seasonings then the recipe states.
Loved it! Have never been a fan of corned beef & cabbage - so this is now our family St Pats dinner!
amazing.. so good i used guinness extra stout. not a beer fan but this dish was amazing..
This was delicious. I added some water because it just didn't seem like there was enough liquid but I otherwise followed the recipe. I used a beer called Cold Smoke which is a local Scotch Ale. I'll definitely be making this again.
Phenomenal recipe that needed no tweaks. The only (minor) difference in my prep was to saute the cabbage with the bacon, because duh, bacon renderings make everything amazing. I used a robust Porter that I enjoy drinking. Be wary of your beer choice! If you don't like it's finish to begin with, you won't start to like it as a concentrated sauce! My little kids gobbled this just as enthusiastically as the adults.
VERY good. Received rave reviews from everyone. Only things I altered were adding about twice the amounts of carrots and onions in the stew. I didn't have any true dark beer on hand so used Fat Tire instead and still tasted awesome. Will definitely make again and will use the Colcannon recipe as a side dish for other meals too!
My entire family (including the picky one) love this! The only thing I changed was half the amount of cabbage in the potatoes. It turned out exactly how it was described.
Delicious!!!! I did add celery and mushroom to the stew recipe. Also added more bacon to the potatoes (because I can). Will definitely make again.
4 cloves of garlic instead of 2. 4 slices of bacon instead of 3. WOW.
This turned out excellent! We substituted kale for cabbage.
I'm no expert on Irish Stew, but I thought this was great. The colcannon in particular was really delicious!
Awesome!!!!! We loved it! Only thing I did was add about 2 cups of beef broth while it was in the oven as it didn't have enough juice.
The whole family loved it! I even took left overs to the in laws, they haven't stopped raving about it since! I'm making it today in quarantine with the family for St. Patrick's Day!
My husband and I really enjoyed this stew! I did not make the colcannon. Instead I put the potatoes in the stew. I also added frozen peas when it was time to remove lid. I plan to make the colcannon next time.
My family loved it! Made the stew with regular Guinness (from a can) and followed the recipe. Delicious.
I cooked the stew on the stovetop in a steel stockpot (no suitable dutch oven) and modified the Colcannon to use 2 Tbsp of Red wine vinegar and braised the cabbage in that along with the water and crumbled bacon for ten minutes. These changes were personal thoughts and not intended as improvements, but the result was fantastic. This recipe will find it's way into my rotation in general, and if I end up opening the pub I dream of, some variation of this recipe will be served to be sure!
Turned out delicious! I love bacon and would add 4 strips thick bacon instead of 2.
I didn't have any Guinness so used another beer, which the recipe says is OK. It was beyond bitter and inedible. But I had company coming for dinner on St. Pat's day and had to serve it. Fortunately, I tasted it half way through the baking process and added apple cider vinegar, beef bone broth and sugar. I kept tasting after each addition and finally after the sugar was added it was very good. Before returning it to the oven for the final 45 minutes, I added another tbs of flour. Served with the colcannon, which was delicious, and my guests ate it up. I will use red wine next time I make this.
This is so good. I love cooked carrots so I added a few extra carrot slices. I found the Guiness beer a bit too expensive so I went with another stout beer.(out of bounds stout)
Gave it 4 stars only because it won't be a weekly dinner. It was delicious, but does take a while to cook. The slow roasting I think is what gives it the sumptuous flavor. Note: I didnt have beer, so I used broth instead.
This recipe is amazing! If you cook it in the dutch oven, it reduces to a thick gravy consistency. I did use the extra stout Guinness and loved it. It was not too bitter. When it reduced it was rich and chocolaty! I did not make the mashed potatoes because I live in the South. I know how to do mashed potatoes! ;)
The Guinness was very, very bitter. But I concluded that early enough to balance it out with a packet of Splenda and a splash of the red wine blend we were drinking.
I made it as specified and used a brown ale. We like gravy, so I added some broth before I put it in the oven. Great meal !!! We added some peas to our bowls of beef & colcannon and it turned out to be a good addition.
This was great! I made it exactly as written. The chuck roast took a long time to cut up. Used Newcastle brown ale. Would make again.
Followed the recipe to the letter and it was awesome. I would definitely make this again.
Excellent! I used a Lodge Deep Iron Skillet to cook in, subbed coke for beer (I'm married to a Baptist preacher and couldn't get a deacon to go get the beer for me LOL). I used 1 whole Venison Loin instead of beef because it's what I had on hand. After browning meat per instructions, I pressure cooked it in about 2 cups of chicken broth for 20 minutes before returning to skillet, added extra carrots because I love them (about 5), along with coke, spices etc. After bringing to a boil, put lid on skillet and cooked in oven for 2.5 hours. About 30 minutes before done, I sauteed cabbage in separate skillet with a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease (had grease on hand but no bacon) and red pep flakes. I served cabbage as a separate dish just because I love real mashed potatoes as is. I'm sure combining as directed would be great as well. Family loved it! I made extra stew and will freeze some for later since this does take a good bit of time to prepare. I will be making this again! Thanks for a great recipe!
Followed the recipe each step of the way. It was a 10! Rave reviews from all!
Made it for St. Patrick's all in the family requested it again (my teenage boy 3 times) so I'm making it again tonight. We had never had colcannon before. It was delicious! Thanks!
Excellent! Added an extra 1/2 cup of Guinness during last half hour in the oven. Meat was tender and delicious. Fried the cabbage with the bacon. Hands down one of the best stews I have ever eaten.
FANTASTIC!!! I don't have an Irish bone in my body, so I was a little hesitant to attempt a truly Irish dinner, but went for it since it's St. Patrick's Day. I used Guiness beer. Instead of a dutch oven, I simmered it on the stove top for 45 min covered and 20 min uncovered. I also cooked the cabbage instead of microwaving it. Super hearty and really delicious. Great recipe that doesn't need any ingredient tweaking.
GREAT! Used 2 lbs. stew meat to save some time. I used a craft Stout and it was wonderful. I had to add extra liquid after the first 45 minutes.
I love this recipe. It's one of my favorite fall backs especially in winter. Everyone I have made it for raves about it!
This is fantastic! It's absolutely my favorite stew recipe and I will be making this a lot. The family loved it as well and requested no changes. I made a couple of additions to suit our family. For the gravy I added about 3 cups beef broth (we like lots of gravy) and did 3Tbl flour instead of two. For the colcannon include some onion or shallots, fry the onion and cabbage in your bacon grease.
This came out great, but I tweaked it by adding a bit more of the herbs than called for, using Breckenridge vanilla porter instead Irish stout, and short ribs for the meat. Also skipped the bacon (hubby won't eat pork).
I had some matchstick carrots and subbed them and I added some green beans that sounded good. Not sure if the beer I used was "right" but the result is YUMMY! I will absolutely make this again!
I followed the recipe with a few additions. I added more carrots after the sauce was cooked, and can see that you can easily add other vegetables as well. I used more garlic, and as suggested by another review, I used a draught beer and their was no bitterness. While the Colcannon was really nice tasting, it was too much, Next time, I will serve it on the side, and not make a well as suggested.
This entire recipe is exceptional. I don't understand what happened with some people and Guiness but I used a bottle of Guiness Extra Stout and it was NOT bitter in the least!