Irish Potato Stew

Irish Potato Stew

Total Time: 00h 45m
Hands-on Time: 00h 15m
Makes: 6 servings

The secret to an especially rich and satisfying Irish stew is to build all of the ingredients including sweet fennel seed, pungent mustard powder and aromatic dill into vegetable broth from the start.

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  1. In a pan over medium-low heat, combine oil, leeks and celery. Sauté for about 8 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  2. Add stout, potatoes, rutabaga, fennel seed, mustard powder, dill weed, water and broth powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 12 minutes, until potatoes and rutabaga are tender and soup mixture is thick.
  3. In a blender, combine half soup mixture with the half and half. Puree.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Return pureed mixture to the pot. Stir in kale and cook over low heat for a few minutes, making sure mixture does not come to a boil, until kale is bright green.
  6. Garnish with basil chiffonade and serve hot.
Chef's Note:
  1. To make the dish vegan, substitute unsweetened almond or soy milk for the half and half.