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Shamrock Stew

You don't have to be Irish to enjoy this savory stew. Homemade dumplings make it extra special.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt if desired and pepper; set aside 2 tablespoons. Add meat to bowl and toss to coat.
  • In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, over medium heat, cook the meat in oil until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water and reserved flour mixture. Add onion, marjoram and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add carrots; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in peas. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes for until the vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
  • For dumplings, in a large combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk, egg, oil and parsley if desired. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes or until done. Do not lift the cover. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 333 calories, 9g fat (0 saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • hyattmyers
    Dec 3, 2014

    Family loves it. our go to stew

  • s_pants
    Jun 26, 2012

    Very flavorful! Beware that it takes much longer than the 1-1/4 hours specified...that's a misprint.

  • stargazer33
    Mar 17, 2012

    I found this stew very tasty! I will make it again.

  • melodious88
    Jan 14, 2011

    This stew has a nice flavor and is very filling. It's the perfect dish to have at the end of a cold day. However, it does take a LONG time to make.

  • cee-jay
    Mar 14, 2010

    The cook time of 1 1/4 hours listed at the top of the recipe is an error and should read 3 hours and 14 minutes. Dinner was late but the stew was good and worth the wait.

  • suzan029
    Mar 12, 2008

    I've made this several times and its become a family favorite. It's delicious!!