Crock Pot Irish Stew a la Purple Rosemary
2 lbs pork roast from your local butcher (locally grown and processed, if possible because it’s the right thing to do)
2 Large potatoes – organic because I’m a hipster and I like those things
1/2 lb of baby carrots – because it’s easier than cutting regular sized carrots
1 bottle of Kentucky Ale Bourbon or 1 bottle of beer and some bourbon
2 cups Vegetable broth- because we can’t use beef or chicken broth (don’t ask)
2 Tbls Worcestershire sauce – yes I double checked the spelling and said it out loud 3 times.
3 Tbls of Rosemary – because I love it and it grows in my backyard
salt & pepper to taste
Cut the pork roast into bite size pieces and brown in a hot skillet. Some people flour the meat before doing this. I don’t because it’s more work. Clean and cut the potatoes into cubes. Are those organic potatoes? If you can find home grown those are even better. TANGENT WARNING! Home grown potatoes are better than anything you can buy in the store. And they are ridiculously easy to grow. Think about it. Back to the Irish Stew. Okay, place your potatoes, carrots, browned meat, beer, veggie broth and rosemary into the crock pot. Stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Open, taste. Does it need salt, pepper, hot sauce? Add it if you like. Eat. I paired my stew with a lovely Blue Moon and garlic bread. Not very Irishy, but it’ll do.
Notes: Most Irish Stew is made with Guinness. I did not have any. Because I never, ever have everything the recipe calls for. It doesn’t matter if I go to the store with the recipe in hand. I always miss something. I heard red wine is nice, too. But I did not have that either. Oddly enough, I had beer that is made with Bourbon. So, I figured what the hell. I think in future more Bourbon would be better. But it was still pretty good.
P.S. I now know why we couldn’t taste the Bourbon. The beer was not the ale with bourbon. It was just beer made by the same folks. The label was very similar. So shame on Mr. and Mrs. Purple Rosemary for not double checking the label. And it was still tasty.