Irish Stew with Irish Soda Bread
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This Irish Stew deviates from traditional Irish Stew with the substitution of Coke for the beer and beef instead of lamb, but it still has the wonderful flavors and aroma of a good, hearty Irish stew!
Serves: 6
  • 1½ to 2 pounds stew meat, cubed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 can Coke
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 5-6 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cut into medium chunks
  • 3-4 large carrots, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  1. Salt and pepper stewing meat. Brown in olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauce pan for about 2-3 minutes an each side, just until the sides are browned but middle is still red.
  2. Add meat to the slow cooker. Pour wine, Coke, broth, and next 5 ingredients (tomato paste through bay leaves) on top of meat.
  3. In same saucepan, add another 2 Tablespoons olive oil and saute vegetables (garlic, potatoes, onions, and carrots) for 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  4. Add sauteed veggies to slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Before serving, remove bay leaves, add fresh parsley and add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with Irish Soda Bread (see notes).
Easy Irish Soda Bread

Makes one large, round loaf.
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a cookie sheet.

Mix together:
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened

Stir in:
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg

Knead dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes. Form a ball and place on greased cookie sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X into the top of the loaf. Brush with 2 Tablespoons melted butter combined with 3 Tablespoons buttermilk.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Brush loaf with butter/buttermilk mixture a few times during baking.

To serve, break off chunks of loaf and use to dip in stew.
Recipe by Food Fun Family at