Everyone knows when we are getting close to St. Patrick's Day, because I pull out my heavy cast iron stew pan and pick-up some Guinness Irish Stout. The Irish holidays are about to begin!
Unlike most stew recipes, the meat is not seared prior to cooking. This stew cooks uncovered in the oven low and slow! The uncovered meat browns and caramelizes, and the sauce thickens up perfectly. While it is slow cooking the sauce may seem a little on the thin side, but the longer it cooks it becomes perfectly rich and thick. Everyone raves about the layers of flavor in this traditional stew!
There seriously are times when I wish we could start with dessert! No secret about these - if you are looking for the moistest, most decadent Irish cupcake ever, look no further!
Guinness Draft creates the moistness and really pulls out the chocolate flavor in these cupcakes. Filled with a Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Ganache (which is seriously trouble if you lots of helpers around...) and topped with Bailey's Buttercream Frosting, these should probably be outlawed!
I'm pretty lucky that all of my little ones are pretty crazy about vegetables - at least most of them! I have tried so many different ways thru the years to get my little ones to like cooked cabbage - roasted, steamed, rolled & stuffed...but they aren't having it!
For St. Patrick's Day, I've kinda given up, and just go with something that I know that they love - Cranberry Apple Coleslaw! This twist on traditional coleslaw is perfectly creamy and sweet, with the wonderful flavor of tart and sweet apples and dried cranberries.