Sunday, March 11, 2007

Vegetarian Irish Stew

2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 c. unbleached flour
4 c. water
1 c. Guinness stout (or other dark beer)
2 c. mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 c. carrot, sliced into rounds
1 c. celery, diced
1/2 c. split red lentils
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 c. soy sauce
3 vegetarian bouillon cubes or 3 T. vegetable-stock base
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. Marmite (I use nutrional yeast instead)
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. each dried thyme, marjoram and rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
Black pepper to taste
1 package of frozen or refrigerated vegetarian "steak" strips

In a large, lightly oiled, heavy pot, steam-fry the onion until it begins to soften. Add the flour and stir thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are done.

Serves 6. Serve with Colcannon (an Irish dish of mashed potatoes and greens -- generally kale, although some recipes use leeks or green onion) and Irish soda bread.

Thanks to Cassandra at Journal Now


Martha (Marthanna) said...

I'm making this as I smells SO good!

I'm using fresh onions from my garden and fresh herbs.

Thanks for a great recipe, my BF and I have been looking for a veggie Irish Stew recipe for a long time! :)

Buda, TX

Mary Beth Ault said...

This is a wonderful recipe. As a relatively new vegetarian, I'm generally disappointed with the truly insipid soup and stew recipes I've tried, but this was fabulous. It's rich and flavourful even without the "beef" strips and marmite.

Thanks SO much for posting this!