Welcome, food lovers, to a delicious recipe that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the rolling hills of Ireland – Irish Mountain Steaks. If you are a fan of hearty beef recipes, then this dish is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings.
This particular recipe has a rich history that blends together the traditional flavors and techniques of both Irish and American cuisine. The dish takes inspiration from the classic Irish Mountain Steak, which was typically a slow-cooked dish made with beef or mutton that was cooked in a broth with onions and potatoes. However, in our version, we will be elevating this classic dish by using seasoned round steaks.
Whether you are preparing this dish for St. Patrick’s Day or just looking for an indulgent meal any time of year, Irish Mountain Steaks are sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So, why not grab your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to create a mouth-watering meal that will leave your family and friends begging for more?
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of hearty, flavorful meals, then you’ll love Irish Mountain Steaks! This dish is the perfect combination of savory meat and rich Irish flavor – not to mention, it’s easy to prepare and sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
First of all, the blend of ingredients used in this recipe creates a unique and satisfying flavor profile. The corned beef provides a salty kick, while the Worcestershire sauce adds tanginess and depth. A splash of Irish whiskey lends a smoky, robust flavor to the meat, which is perfectly balanced by the earthy taste of white button mushrooms.
But what truly sets Irish Mountain Steaks apart is its versatility. This dish can be tailored to your liking – whether you prefer flank steak or rib eye, grilled or pan-fried, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. Plus, this meal can easily feed a crowd or be stored for later use.
Finally, who doesn’t love celebrating St. Patrick’s day year-round? This recipe pays homage to traditional Irish dishes while also incorporating modern tastes – making it truly unique and perfect for any occasion.
In summary, if you’re looking for an easy but flavorful meal with Irish flair that everyone will love, look no further than Irish Mountain Steaks.
Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to make Irish Mountain Steaks:
- 3 lbs round steaks
- 8 oz white button mushrooms
- 2 onions
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 bottle (12 oz) of dark beer
- Cold water
Spices and seasonings:
- Salt and pepper
Fats and oils:
- 2 tablespoons margarine or vegetable shortening
Make sure to have all these ingredients on hand, so that you can easily follow the recipe steps.
The Recipe How-To
After assembling all the necessary ingredients, let’s get started on this delicious Irish Mountain Steaks recipe.
Step 1: Preparing the Steaks
First, you will need to prepare your 3 lbs round steaks by seasoning both sides with salt and pepper. Then, heat up a skillet over medium-high heat and add a little bit of olive oil. Once the skillet is hot, cook the steaks for about 2-3 minutes on each side just until they’re browned.
Step 2: Making the Sauce
In the same skillet, add onions and cook them until they’re translucent. Then, pour in one bottle of dark beer, one bay leaf, and a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Turn up the heat to high and bring everything to a boil.
While waiting for the sauce to boil, mix together 1/4 cup cold water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a small bowl. Once mixed, add it to the boiling sauce while stirring continuously for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Once thickened, lower the heat and add one cup of sliced white button mushrooms into the sauce. Let it simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Step 3: Cooking with Whiskey
At this point, it’s time to add a little bit of Irish flavor into this dish! Pour in 1/4 cup of Irish whiskey into the mushroom gravy sauce and let it cook off for about 1-2 minutes.
Then, carefully transfer your prepared steaks back into the skillet with the mushroom gravy sauce. Make sure that both sides are fully coated in the sauce before putting a lid on top of your skillet so that they can continue cooking properly for another 10-15 minutes or until your desired temperature is reached.
Step 4: Presentation
Finally, remove the steaks from the skillet and place them on a serving platter. Pour an extra bit of the mushroom gravy sauce on top of the steaks as a finishing touch. You can choose to serve it with a side of Colcannon, which is a traditional Irish dish with mashed potatoes and green onions.
Enjoy your hearty and flavor-packed Irish Mountain Steaks!
Substitutions and Variations
Irish Mountain Steaks Recipe is a classic and traditional beef recipe that is enjoyed by many. However, if you want to change things up or customize the recipe to your liking, there are a few substitutions and variations that you can try.
Corned beef can be used instead of round steaks for a more authentic Irish taste. The corned beef will add a salty and savory flavor to the dish. You will need to adjust the cooking time when using corned beef, as it is a tougher cut of meat that needs to be slow-cooked.
If you’re looking for something less traditional, flank steak is another great option. Cut from the abdominal muscles of the cow, flank steaks are lean and flavorful. They are also affordable and cook quickly, making them perfect for weeknight dinners.
For those who prefer a more tender cut of beef, rib eye or fillet steak can also be used in this recipe. These cuts are known for their tenderness and marbled texture which makes them ideal for grilling.
You can also add some vegetables like carrots or celery to the recipe to give it a Little extra flavor and nutrition.
If you want to make this recipe more whiskey-forward, you can add a bit more Irish whiskey. Just be careful not to overdo it as too much whiskey can overpower the dish.
Lastly, you can pair this dish with different sides depending on your preference such as Colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes), horseradish sauce, stew or tri-tips to complement the flavors of the steak.
In general, this recipe is highly customizable and versatile; thus allowing chefs and food enthusiasts alike to experiment with different ingredients and techniques in each serving!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing Irish Mountain Steaks, there are a variety of options that can elevate its flavors even further. One traditional way to serve it is alongside some hearty mashed potatoes or colcannon, which is a potato dish with cabbage or kale added. The buttery, creamy texture of these sides complements the richness of the steak perfectly.
If you’re looking to add more vegetables to your plate, try serving the steak with some caramelized onions or sautéed white button mushrooms. These earthy flavors can balance out the savory taste of the meat.
When it comes to pairing drinks with Irish Mountain Steaks, a pint of Guinness is always a classic choice. However, if you’re not a fan of beer, you can also pair it with an Irish whiskey-based cocktail like the Gaelic Steak Flambe. This involves flambeing the steak with Irish whiskey and adding Worcestershire sauce for an added kick.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this dish with a full-bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec. The tannins in these wines will work well with the rich flavor of the steak.
Overall, Irish Mountain Steaks are a versatile dish that can be paired with a range of sides and drinks to enhance its flavors even further. Whether you choose a traditional accompaniment or opt for something more adventurous, this dish is sure to impress your guests on St. Patrick’s Day or any other occasion.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As someone who loves to cook, I know that sometimes it’s best to plan ahead. Maybe you have a busy week coming up or you simply want to enjoy a hassle-free meal after a long day. Fortunately, Irish Mountain Steaks are perfect for making ahead of time and storing in the fridge or freezer.
If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, the first step is to let your steaks cool down completely. Once your Irish Mountain Steaks are cool, wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container. You can safely store these steaks in the refrigerator for up to three days.
If you want to store your steaks for longer than three days, it’s best to freeze them. Simply wrap the cooled-down steaks tightly in plastic wrap or foil and then place them in an airtight container. Your frozen Irish Mountain Steaks will last for up to three months.
To reheat your refrigerated or frozen steaks, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), unwrap the steaks and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Reheat your Irish Mountain Steaks for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
If you’re short on time or prefer a different method, you can also reheat your Irish Mountain Steaks in the microwave. Simply transfer the unwrapped steak to a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for approximately 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Remember, when reheating previously cooked foods, ensure they reach a temperature of at least 165°F (73°C) before consuming. Don’t forget to season your reheated steak with additional salt and pepper as desired!
Tips for Perfect Results
For the perfect results for preparing Irish Mountain Steaks using this recipe, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind.
Firstly, when searing the steaks in step 4 of the recipe, it is crucial to heat the pan very hot and use just a little oil. Too much oil in the pan will hamper its browning, which will result in steaks with an uneven crust.
To achieve a crisp and perfectly cooked steak, ensure that the beef is at room temperature before you start cooking. Take the steaks out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking them to allow them to relax. If you cook your mountain steaks straight from the fridge, they will cook unevenly – with overcooked exteriors and undercooked interiors.
When making the whiskey sauce in step 7 of this irish American recipe, use Irish whiskey instead of other varieties. If you cannot find Irish whiskey, opt for a good-quality bourbon as an alternative.
Lastly, remember to rest the steaks for five minutes or so after removing them from heat, allowing time for their juices to settle. This bit of patience makes all the difference, as it ensures that your Irish Mountain Steaks are never dry and always juicy. By following these tips, you can guarantee perfect results every time you make this dish.
In conclusion, the Irish Mountain Steaks recipe is the ultimate dish for those who want to experience a taste of Ireland from the comfort of their own home. With its rich and hearty flavors, this recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any night of the week when you want something special.
By following these simple instructions and using quality ingredients such as Irish whiskey, corned beef, and white button mushrooms, you will create a culinary masterpiece that will impress your friends and family.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is also versatile, allowing for substitutions and variations to suit your personal taste preferences. You can even make it ahead of time and store it for later use.
So next time you’re in the mood for a steak dinner, ditch your usual routine and give this Irish Mountain Steaks recipe a try. Who knows? You just might become the star chef of your neighborhood. Enjoy!
Irish Mountain Steaks Recipe
- 2 -3 lbs round steaks
- 2 large onions, wedges
- 8 ounces white button mushrooms, quartered
- 1/4 cup water
- 12 ounces dark beer
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cold water (optional)
- Heat electric skillet with vegetable shortening and butter to 425 degrees. Salt and pepper steak. Add to skillet and braise, 2-3 minutes each side. Add vegetables and continue to braise for 2-3 minutes. Turn skillet to 250 degrees. Add beer, water, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce, over steaks evenly. Cover and simmer, turning steaks and stirring vegetables every now and then, for about 1 1/2 -2 hours. Keep covered. Remove steaks and vegetables. (Optional-mix cornstarch and COLD water. Add to broth and make a thin "gravy like" consistency. Serve over steaks and vegetables.) The consistency of the "gravy" is thicker then the broth, but thinner then a gravy. Add move cornstarch/water mix, if you want it thicker. Serve over the steak and vegetables. I always make mashed potatoes and vegetable with this and serve the gravy over the potatoes. ENJOY!
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Brian is a British chef cum food blogger who has been in the kitchen since he was a young lad. Growing up in Manchester, he developed a passion for cooking and a keen eye for the perfect dish. He now runs his own blog and YouTube channel, which is dedicated to sharing his passion for food with the world.