I'm sure you've heard by now that corned beef and cabbage is not authentic St. Patrick's Day food. I decided to do a little mash-up and this Irish pork stew with baby cabbage was the result. By the way, baby cabbage can be a little hard to find, but you can use Brussels sprouts, and no one will know the difference, mostly because there isn't one.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
2 hrs 25 mins
total:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season pork cubes with salt and black pepper.

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  • Heat vegetable oil in a pot over high heat. Working in batches, cook and stir pork in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a bowl and reduce heat to medium.

  • Melt butter in the pot. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in hot butter until onion is softened and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Stir flour into onion mixture; cook and stir until flour is completely incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add bay leaf and caraway seed; cook for 2 minutes more. Pour beer into onion mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, 1 to 3 minutes.

  • Stir pork, chicken broth, carrots, and celery into beer mixture; bring to simmer. Stir 1/4 cup parsley and balsamic vinegar into stew, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until pork is fork-tender, about 2 hours.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook uncovered until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Stir Brussels sprouts into stew and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide mashed potatoes between 6 bowls. Ladle stew over potatoes and top each with a pinch of parsley.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; protein 20.3g; carbohydrates 32.9g; fat 19.4g; cholesterol 68.3mg; sodium 768.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2014
This was exceptional! I added a little extra garlic but otherwise made as-is. The wife commented that this was the best stew she has ever had. I am certainly not going to wait for St, Patrick’s day to make again. Chef John’s Irish Stew with Lamb is on the radar too. Going to be tough to top this one though. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/14/2015
Didn't have a lot of flavor, wouldn't make again Read More
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304 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 267
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  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2014
This was exceptional! I added a little extra garlic but otherwise made as-is. The wife commented that this was the best stew she has ever had. I am certainly not going to wait for St, Patrick’s day to make again. Chef John’s Irish Stew with Lamb is on the radar too. Going to be tough to top this one though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2014
Served it to company on St. Patty's Day Eve, without first trying the recipe - which is something I never do. And everyone was delighted that I did! It was FANTASTIC! I had nearly 6 pounds of meat, and adjusted the recipe to suit. We (okay, 'I') just finished the last of the stew a few moments ago. My son even had it for breakfast after pulling an 'all nighter' for college. I had to promise my family that I'll make it again very soon. WELL WORTH MAKING. I did read one review that gave this recipe a lower rating because it contained alcohol, which honestly doesn't make any sense to me. If you don't like the alcohol, then use an alcohol free beer - don't give a wonderful recipe a bad rap. Anyway - please try this recipe. And definitely watch the video, too. Enjoy! :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
Delicious Stew and very easy to make, I just have to say to all those saying they don't like the idea this has alcohol in it, if that's what you think then your cooking education is lacking. Yes you put beer in it but by the time it's done ALL traces of Alcohol have long evaporated away. There is no alcohol in the finished dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2015
Delicious! Made the recipe exactly as written and we all loved it. Next time, however, I plan to roast the brussels sprouts before adding them to the stew rather than boiling them as the recipe calls for. I personally just don't care for the taste of boiled brussels sprouts and I think roasting them would give them a depth of flavor that would go wonderfully with the stew. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2014
I made this stew tonite and it is fantastic!!!!! I served it over colcannon so I didn't add the Brussels sprouts. I would rate this recipe 100 stars! Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2014
I used "country style ribs" and omitted the caraway seed. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful. I also used small wedges of cabbage instead of sprouts. My family and guests raved. Thanks, Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
This turned out amazing. Even better as leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2015
Absolutely delicious.. Couldn't have been happier with the way it turned out. I all-way like to made the recipe once as written the way the chef did it. But I love it wend someone do the recipe with alterations I too can't leave anything alone! I have to play with my food. You did adjusted it to your personal taste that what I like to see what others have did to any improvements and/or variations you make to this simple recipe. I use 3 pounds lamb shoulder chops a little extra garlic but otherwise made as-is. I did read one review that gave this recipe a lower rating because it contained alcohol You can substitute 1-1/2 cups chicken stock. YES I DO SEE this is on the radar too. Going to be tough to top this one though. I did adjusted to my personal taste. Your way is very delicious. The next time I did it and I add it to my recipe box and to My Note: My family loved bouth ways and I'll be making this a lot more. Both are delicious it's a matter of what your taste is....I now have two ways to this. YOU HAVE SUCCESS!! with me. Now I can do my happy food dance!! Thank you!!! Happy Cooking to you and y'all! Grpa Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
Just made this last night. One word to describe it: AMAZING!! Best stew ever!!! The Brussels sprouts give it an extra texture and flavor that was just yummy! Will definitely be making this often. Only next time I will add more carrots celery and definitely more Brussels sprouts. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/14/2015
Didn't have a lot of flavor, wouldn't make again Read More
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