18 March 2010

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

They're probably picturing you naked (that was on a card my mom had when I was younger, still cracks me up everytime Ithink about it)! But seriously, if my Irish eyes are smiling, it's probably because I filled my belly with some amazing Irish food. I hate to brag, but the Beef Braised in Guinness I made last night was probably one of the best things I've made in awhile. The Irish Champ that accompanied it easily was the second best thing. My soda bread was a little off, and the whiskey cake was denser and fruit-cakey than I would have liked (I got a pretty cool picture out of it though). Three out of four though isn't bad, and my guests and hubby really liked everything but the cake.

I'm just going to keep this short and sweet since it's past my bedtime. Super simple recipe, very flavorful meat, four very happy people. Enjoy!

Beef Braised in Guinness
Recipe by The Little Book of Irish Family Cooking, adapted by me

1 1/2 lb top sirloin roast
A glug or two of olive oil
10 green onions
 3 large carrots
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 Tbs fresh thyme
1 1/4 cups Guinness (just dump the whole bottle in, but not if you bought the extra stout)

  1. Chop the onions and carrots and set aside. In a large pan, sear all sides of the roast in the olive oil. Move the meat to a plate and saute the onions and carrots until slightly browned.
  2. Place the veggies into your crock pot then place the beef on top. Add your salt and pepper to taste, thyme, and Guinness.
  3. Set the crock to low and cook at least 6 hours. The meat should fall apart when you try to remove it from the pot. 
This is the picture of the cake shortly after it came out of the oven, really the only decent shot I got


Honey Mim said...

Looks yummy. Wish I coulda been there to enjoy it (Uncle Mike made Philly cheesesteaks; sooo Irish - but so good). Miss you.

Anonymous said...

it was amazing, and even better the next day!!!!

katfishkcll said...

OK, I posted anonymously because I didn't have an acct name, now I do....YUMMY!!!!!!! love ya!

and I have to say, this whole entering the word verification really sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! me no likey!!!!

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Oh my wonderful wife made an Irish lamb stew for a chirch potluck last Friday. I didn't see the recepi but is was lamb diced up from a leg of lamb, onions, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, thyme, cream, and a bottle of Guiness. She cooked it slowly for a long time and it was heavenly!!! Erin go Breagh or whatever that is.

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

The all looks so delicious - lucky guests to be invited to a banquet.
I have absolutely no idea what Bill is saying, all I can comment (belatedly) is "Top of the morning to ye"!!!!!!

Sunshine said...

Honey Mim - Cheesteaks sound fantastic! Tell him to make me some and send them here.

Mom - Thanks! And the word verification is so that spammers/robots don't post for dating sites, selling stuff, or porn. Sucks but it sabes me from having to delete junk off of here.

Bill - Erin go bragh to you too! I've made stew very similar to your wife's. So tasty! You're a very lucky man.

Anne - If you lived here, I would have invited you to the banquet too. I'd rather live there though. And Bill was just saying Ireland forever.

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Thanks for the translation - if I were younger, I'd love to have a long visit to Tulsa - I reckon they have delightful people who live there!