Friday, March 16, 2012

Frugal St. Patrick's Day Dish - Vegetarian Irish Stew

Arriving tomorrow is one of America's most loved holidays, St. Patrick's Day.  Whether you are 100 percent Irish or none, most people enjoy celebrating all things green.  And if you are looking for a frugal alternative to Irish Stew (have you seen the prices of lamb lately!), here is a tasty vegetarian option:

In a large pot, boil: 8 cups water; 2 cups chopped celery; 3 cups minced onion; 1cup diced russet potato; 3 cups diced cabbage; 2 bay leaves; and 1 tsp thyme.  Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Next add: 1 crumbled basil leaf; 1 tsp ground celery seed; 2 cups chopped carrot; 2 cups fresh parsley; 2 tsp sea salt; 4 tbsp butter; and a dash of black pepper.  In the last minutes you can add 2 - 4 tbsp cream to thicken the soup....which I prefer.

And there you have it, a tasty tribute to all things Irish.  Enjoy, and may the luck of the Irish be with you until Monday's post!

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1 comment:

  1. Deviated a bit from this recipe. When I cook I usually use part recipe, part inspiration, and part what I have on hand. Simmering in the crock pot, on low, for 8 hours is: cabbage, potatoes, carrots, green onion, thyme, parsely, and lamb shanks. The lamb was on special this week and cost $4.84. It is a small amount, but as Mark Bittman states "a small amount of meat and give a lot of flavor".