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I've recently become a convert of the old-fashioned kitchen staple ~ Kitchen Bouquet. I remembered always seeing it in Grandma Bunni's spice cabinet, so when I ran across it in the store a few weeks ago, I bought it. I had no need for it at the time, I was just feeling a little bit nostalgic. Her Irish spirit must have been guiding me, because this is the recipe it was meant for. I am thoroughly impressed with how much color it gave back to the stew after I added the cornstarch slurry to thicken the broth into gravy. I see many more uses for this little baby in the future.
Vegetarian Irish Pub 'Beef' Stew with Guinness Stout
makes 4-6 servings
- 3 1/2 cups broth (veggie or vegetarian mock beef)
- 1 1/2 cups Guinness Stout beer ~~~ or my Mock Stout Recipe ~~~ or for a non-alcoholic version, mix 2 tsp decaf instant coffee with 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 4 cups large diced potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
- 3 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dried parsley (or 1/2 tsp chopped fresh)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups TVP beef chunks (re-hydrated according to directions or prepackaged ready-to-eat)
- 1 1/2 tsps Kitchen Bouquet (adds additional rich brown color & flavor to the broth/gravy ~ optional)
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp cold water
- salt & pepper, to taste
In a large pot, bring first 12 ingredients (broth - bay leaf) to a boil, stirring well to incorporate all seasonings. Once broth boils, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Combine cornstarch and cold water until it forms a smooth slurry, pour into the stew and stir well. Add the TVP 'beef' chunks and Kitchen Bouquet. Bring back up to a boil, stirring constantly so broth will thicken into a smooth gravy. Boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Taste, then add salt and pepper, as desired. Enjoy!
Here are some other vegetarian ideas for your St. Patrick's Day...
|Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage ~ If you're looking for another vegetarian meal for St. Pat's Day, try this recipe of mine. I'm pretty proud of this one. :)|
|Vicki's Homemade Irish Soda Bread ~ I created this recipe over 15 years ago and we just love it. It's pretty easy to make and tastes even better the day after you bake it.|