Nope, I am not one of the many lucky Husker fans currently in Dublin anxiously awaiting to see the Huskers play the first game of the season. I did, however, get to visit Ireland back in June and it was one of the coolest places I have had the chance to visit.
Not only did I get to see where the Princess Bride and Game of Thrones were filmed, I had the chance to eat a lot of traditional Irish food including Irish stew. Naturally, I made it my mission to order and taste Irish stew at the pubs and of course pair it with traditional Irish drink.
Growing up in Nebraska, I’ve had the chance to enjoy a lot of great beef stew because let’s face it, Nebraska has the best beef in the world. However, I noticed that Irish beef stew is slightly different:
They often use Guinness beer to help deglaze and add flavor to the stew.
They serve it with bread and Irish butter.
The potatoes are cooked separately and served mashed on top of the stew, often to the side and covered with scallions or chopped green onion.
Oh, the butter. You have to use Irish butter and real cream because it really does take your mashed potatoes to a different level.
Did I mention the butter?
When I was thinking about trying to recreate this recipe, I had to talk to my Chef buddy, Brandon Harpster. Nobody else in the state knows how to prepare beef like Chef Harpster. So, together we developed this delicious version blending both our love for Nebraska beef with Irish beer and butter. What’s not to love about that?
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we loved getting to create it. Enjoy!