Irish stew became very popular during the early 19th century, when mass poverty led many people at risk of starvation. People on little or no money managed to survive, eating a meal made from a few readily available ingredients and a hanging pot. From 1845 to 1852, Irish people suffered The Irish Potato Famine, when the edible crops failed and people had little to survive on. It was partly caused by nature, but also by unfair powers by English landholders, at a time before Ireland became fully independent. Keep this dish away from pets, due to mushrooms and onions.
This vegan Irish stew (Planted and Picked) is the ideal comfort food for one of Ireland’s favourite meals. Previously made with meat, this easy recipe contains mushrooms, root vegetables, potatoes, onions and celery. It also contains Guinness, an Irish stout that recently went vegan (no bones used in filtration). Or any other vegan dark stout will suffice, too.
Vegan Irish Stew (Thyme & Love) uses hearty root veggies, cooked in a rich stout-based stock. The alcohol cooks out, by the time the recipe is ready.
Vegan Mushroom Irish Stew (Planted and Picked) is a plant-based filling and comforting version of this traditional favourite from the Emerald Isle. Guinness used not to be vegan, but it is now. So the stew contains a good glug of it, although you could use any dark black vegan stout. The mushrooms (which give a meaty mouthfeel and taste) are combined with root veggies, potatoes, onion and celery. The rich sauce is better the next day, a real treat for everyone. As with all ‘meaty looking vegan meals’, keep this away from pets, as it contains toxic ingredients like mushrooms and onions.
Irish stew is traditionally made with meat, and was first devised as a meal to use up cheap cuts of meat and leftover veggies, when it was difficult to find food in Ireland. Today there are many plant-based versions in a surprisingly vegan-friendly country. Potatoes, onino and parsley feature in nearly all the recipes.
Easy Vegan Irish Stew (It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken) is ideal to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Serve the broth a crusty loaf of bread, for a mighty fine meal.