Cooking with Clodagh McKenna

WEK_GuinessStew_3c_15

St. Patrick’s Day may be known for green-colored beer and shamrocks, but it’s also an opportunity to indulge in some authentic Irish cuisine. We asked chef Clodagh McKenna — dubbed “Ireland’s answer to Rachael Ray” — what we should cook up this Sunday. Her pick? “Definitely a stew,” she says, like her bacon and cabbage recipe (“something to warm your cockles”) or her Guinness and beef stew (see below) from her new book, “Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries.”

“To be compared to Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray  is quite amazing,” says McKenna, who just released  “Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries.” “I think I have a long way  to go before I’m as big as them, but it was a great honor  to be described that way by Forbes Magazine.”
Guinness and beef stew
“The longer and the lower temperature that you cook this stew, the better the flavor,” McKenna says.
(Serves eight)
INGREDIENTS
2     tablespoons butter
14     bacon slices, chopped
10½ oz. shallots, left whole
2 ¼     lb. stewing beef, cubed
14     oz. mixed wild mushrooms
1     quart Guinness
1     bouquet garni
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
1 Preheat the oven to 325˚F.

2 Put the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted add the bacon, followed by the shallots. Cook until golden brown and transfer to a large baking dish.

3 Add the beef to the frying pan. Season it with salt and pepper, then cook until it’s browned all over. Transfer to the baking dish.
4 Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for two minutes. Season to taste and transfer to the baking dish.

5 Return the frying pan to the stove over medium heat and use a whisk to scrape off all the bits stuck to the bottom of the pan (this is where the flavor is). Pour in the Guinness and continue to whisk for another minute to deglaze the pan. Pour the Guinness and pan juices over the beef and vegetables in the baking dish. Add the bouquet garni, cover the baking dish and cook in the oven for two hours.

6 Check the seasoning, remove the bouquet garni and serve with roasted potatoes.

Irish fusion
McKenna mixes authentic Irish flavors with other global tastes to create her signature fusion dishes.
“I grew up in Cork, in the south of Ireland. I used to spend my summers in France, and then I left to New York when I was 19. After that, I came back to Ireland and trained as a chef and then moved to the north of Italy for three and a half years. In the book, there’s quite a lot of cuisines: There’s British cuisine, there’s Irish [and] there’s French and Italian. I see recipes and I try to make them my own. The book is like a little companion of foods that I want to eat throughout the year.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…