Sunday, November 9, 2008

Irish Stew

Following the stew theme started last night, I went for a more familiar Irish stew tonight. I was disappointed to find out that most Irish ales are not vegan (Guinness as well) because they use isinglass to filter the beer. Most lagers, though, are vegan, including Harp's. The stewing beef is Bryanna's beefy seitan, an old-school simmered seitan that is wonderfully tender.

- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups cubed beefy seitan
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 cup lager
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1.5 lbs cubed potatoes
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- water
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup soy milk

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for 5-7 mins, until soft and translucent. Add seitan and fry for 2 mins. Add vinegar and soy sauce and cook until liquid has been reduced.
2. Add lager and wine to the pot and cook for 10 mins, uncovered, until liquid reduces a bit and no longer smells so boozy.
3. Add carrots, potatoes, spices, and enough water to almost cover everything. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling, cover, and simmer for at least 30 mins, until veggies are soft.
4. Mix flour into soy milk and add to pot. Bring to bubbling to thicken. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with Irish soda bread to mop up the sauce (recipe tomorrow).


Sara said...

Guinness Extra Stout is not processed with isinglass, and is therefore vegan!

Amanda said...

I'll be trying this and your soda bread tomorrow night, and testing it on two non-vegan lads from Ireland. Fingers crossed!!!

David said...

I am going to try this one tonight - will post back!

Allana said...


Guinness Extra Stout sold in the UK and Ireland may not be filtered with isinglass; sources online state that isinglass is used in the US as a fining agent. You can check out more info on...

Roia said...

I just made this, and it came out pretty darned good! Thanks for the recipe. I guess the next thing is to get some time to make the soda bread to go with it. Yum!

Thanks again!

Foldered said...

A lot of craft brew stouts are vegan, too. Rogue makes some interesting (and very high quality) stouts that are vegan.
Love the site, by the way.

Lenea said...

I made it without seitan, but I put TVP in it, I think it was great with TVP also since they fill the void between the potato and carrot chunks. THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE!

HollyMay said...

Wonderful recipe! I know this is an old post, but any chance you might be able to fix the broken link to the beefy seitan recipe?

Thanks for all the great ideas!

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