Thursday, March 10, 2011

Irish Stew - Kielbasa, Potatoes, Onion, and Green Beans

Let's gear up for St. Patrick's Day, shall we? This is a recipe that my family and I love to make when it gets cold. It's so simple that you'll be dumbfounded. This recipe makes a huge batch, so if you need to, you can scale it back.

You'll need a pot that's HUGE. Start by cutting up 4 packages (13oz each) of Beef Kielbasa. Brown it up on medium high heat, don't worry if it gets a little overly brown, and don't pour off any of the rendered fat. Pour a couple splashes of hot sauce, I prefer Texas Pete's Original Hot Sauce

Rough chop 2 medium sized yellow onions. Add to the meat and brown the onions.

Rough chop 2 lbs of potatoes. These should be New Potatoes or Red Potatoes, basically, any low starch or boiling potatoes. Add enough water to cover all the food in the pot. For mine, it took 11 cups of water.

Check the potatoes after 15 minutes of boiling on medium high heat. You want to know when the potatoes are mostly cooked, but still not fully cooked. Add 2 lbs of frozen "French Cut Green Beans" and let the water return to a boil. When the potatoes are fully cooked and the green beans are warmed through, it time to season.

Add beef bouillon, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and additional hot sauce to taste. I used Better Than Bouillon Beef Base, 2 tbsp. For the rest, I used 1 tbsp of each.

Serve immediately, cause the house will smell SO GOOD that no one will be willing to wait.

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