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Irish Beef Stew

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1.5kg/3lb 5oz Stewing beef, cut into cubes
175g/6oz Streaky bacon
3 tbsp Olive oil
12 Baby onions, peeled
18 Button mushrooms, left whole
3 Carrots, cut into quarters or 12 baby carrots, scrubbed and left whole
1 tbsp Chopped thyme
2 tbsp Chopped parsley
10 cloves of garlic, crushed and grated
425ml/15fl oz Chicken or beef stock
For the roux
50g/2oz Butter
50g/1.75oz Flour
Champ, to serve


1 Brown the beef and bacon in the olive oil in a hot casserole or heavy saucepan.
2 Remove the meat and toss in the onions, mushrooms and carrots, one ingredient at a time, seasoning each time.
3 Place these back in the casserole, along with the herbs and garlic.
4 Cover with stock and simmer for one hour or until the meat and vegetables are cooked.
5 To make the roux, in a separate pan melt the butter, add the flour and cook for two minutes.
6 When the stew is cooked, remove the meat and vegetables.
7 Bring the remaining liquid to the boil and add one tbsp of roux.
8 Whisk the mixture until the roux is broken up and the juices have thickened, allowing to boil.