For St. Patrick’s Day!
Ok so clearly this is a dumb fake holiday that only a small subset of the population actually celebrates for its intended purpose (see also: many holidays in the US that somehow turn into drinking holidays). Not that there’s anything wrong with that, necessarily, but shamrocky things and green beer and random Leprechaun gear isn’t my cup of tea (beer) at all. Stew, however, is. So, whether you’re planning to drink all day like a true Irishperson on Saturday or will have to keep it low key because of toddlers and life and responsibility, this can definitely be your meal.
It’s super simple + cozy: Potatoes boiled then crisped in the oven with PLENTY of butter. No hesitation with that one. Then a super simple stew with ground beef, onion, carrot, and cabbage. Light gravy with some beef stock + extra butter and flour, then we top the whole thing with extra sharp cheddar because it’s a holiday, and some fresh herbs serve as the green here instead of some kind of chemical in your sad light beer.
Fresh herbs > sad green light beer, no offense.
It’s easy! AND, can be made ahead then easily warmed up when you get home from any and all fun St. Patty’s activities. The flavors are super simple and familiar, and the whole dish is just so cozy in these last few chilly weeks before spring finally breaks.