Delicious and Hearty Pork Stew Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen! Today, I am thrilled to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes – Pork Stew (Irish Strudels). This hearty and soul-warming dish is perfect for those chilly days and an excellent choice for a family dinner recipe. The Irish have perfected the art of creating traditional comfort food that stands the test of time, and this recipe is no exception.

Inspired by Chef John’s Irish Pork Stew, I have put a delightful spin on the classic recipe by adding sweet potatoes and caraway seeds, which enhance the flavors of this dish to new depths. This stew is bursting with tender pork, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and potatoes in a rich and savory broth.

Whether you are new to cooking or an experienced cook looking for new recipes to add to your collection, this Irish Pork Stew is a must-try dish. The best part about it? The leftovers taste even better the next day!

So, come on in and join me in my kitchen as we embark on a culinary journey through Ireland with this delicious Pork Stew (Irish Strudels) recipe. Get ready to savor the flavors of Irish cuisine at its finest!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pork Stew (Irish Strudels)
Pork Stew (Irish Strudels)

I believe that you’ll love this recipe for Irish Strudels because it’s a comforting and hearty stew that’s perfect for colder months or any day when you want a bowl of deliciousness. This stew features tender pork, earthy mushrooms, and savory potatoes and is seasoned with garlic, onion, and caraway seeds that lend an unmistakable Irish flavor.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility: you can use pork chops, pork shoulder, or even pork belly if you prefer a fattier cut. Also, if you don’t like mushrooms, you can easily leave them out or substitute them with another vegetable like sweet potatoes.

Another reason to love this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re using a Dutch oven or an Instant Pot, all you need to do is add the ingredients to the pot and let them simmer until the meat is fork-tender. Plus, the strudel dough adds a crispy texture to the dish which complements the tender meat and vegetables.

Lastly, this Irish Stew is a meal that’s sure to please everyone at your table. It’s perfect for family dinners or as a cozy Saturday night dinner with friends. Plus, with its comforting flavors and warm aroma, it will fill your entire house with feelings of comfort and nostalgia.

Overall, I believe that this recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves a good hearty stew. So why not give it a shot? You never know—it could become one of your new go-to recipes for those colder months!

Ingredient List

 A hearty and flavorful Irish pork stew served with a side of delicious strudels!
A hearty and flavorful Irish pork stew served with a side of delicious strudels!

Here is a breakdown of the ingredients needed to make this delicious Pork Stew (Irish Strudels) recipe:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb of boneless pork chops, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons of butter

These ingredients are easy to find and can be adjusted according to your preferences. Make sure to have them ready before you start cooking.

The Recipe How-To

 An easy-to-make one-pot wonder that will leave you warm and satisfied!
An easy-to-make one-pot wonder that will leave you warm and satisfied!

Let’s get down to cooking! Here’s how you make the hearty and filling Irish Strudels or Pork Stew that is perfect for a cold winter day.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 lb boneless pork chops or pork shoulder, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter and add pork. Cook for a few minutes until browned.
  2. Once the pork is browned, add the chopped onions, sliced mushrooms, and minced garlic. Cook over medium heat for five minutes until the vegetables are sautéed and softened.
  3. Add your diced potatoes to the Dutch oven along with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour enough water into the pot to cover all of the ingredients by about one inch.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Making the Dough

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare your strudel dough according to your favorite traditional recipe or use pre-made puff pastry dough (Chef John Irish recommends using frozen puff pastry).
  3. Roll out your strudel dough until it is thin enough to wrap around a sausage-sized portion of your pork stew mixture.

Wrapping it up!

  1. Take a spoonful of your cooked pork stew mixture and lay it down in the center of one end of the rolled-out dough.
  2. Roll up the dough tightly around the mixture, making sure the edges are sealed well.
  3. Cut the wrapped strudels into individual servings with a sharp knife.
  4. Brush each finished Irish Strudel with an egg wash and sprinkle some fresh chopped basil and caraway seeds on top.

These Pork Stew Irish Strudels are perfect for a satisfying dinner, or you could make them in a larger quantity for a festive party dish!

Substitutions and Variations

 A mouthwatering combination of tender pork, savory vegetables and aromatic spices!
A mouthwatering combination of tender pork, savory vegetables and aromatic spices!

Let’s talk about how to make this pork stew recipe your own! One great thing about cooking is that you can always make adjustments to a recipe to suit your individual tastes or dietary needs. Here are some suggestions:

– Meat substitutes: You can substitute pork with pork tenderloin, beef stew meat, pork loin, or even sliced pork chops. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, try adding mushrooms and sweet potatoes for a hearty alternative.

– Cooking techniques: This recipe calls for using a Dutch oven, but you can also make this stew with a slow cooker or Instant Pot for more convenience.

– Spice it up: If you’re a spice-lover, consider adding caraway seeds or thyme to the pot to complement the flavors of the stew. You could also add in some red pepper flakes if you like a kick of heat.

– Vegetables: While this recipe uses potatoes and onions, you can try different vegetables according to your taste preference. Try adding carrots, parsnips or rutabaga to give the pot great texture and flavor.

Whatever changes you make, make sure to keep an eye on the cooking times and temperatures so that the stew cooks evenly and all the flavors blend together perfectly.

Experimenting in the kitchen is part of what makes cooking so fun! Don’t afraid to try new things and see what works well with this classic Irish pork stew recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A classic Irish dish that's perfect for cozy nights in!
A classic Irish dish that’s perfect for cozy nights in!

I always love serving this comforting and hearty Irish Strudels Pork Stew on a chilly evening. The warmth and flavors of this stew will surely satisfy anyone’s appetite!

To make the most out of this dish, I suggest pairing it with a good crusty bread or even some creamy mashed potatoes. The sauce from the stew is savory, creamy, and has a hint of sweetness from the potatoes – a perfect match for your mashed potatoes!

If you’re feeling more adventurous or looking to add more veggies to your plate, you can also serve it with some roasted carrots or brussels sprouts, which would definitely give a nice balance to the rich stew. Plus, these roasted veggies would absorb all the rich juices from the stew and pair perfectly well.

For a complete Irish meal experience, serve alongside a pint of Guinness Stout or an Irish cider to fully appreciate its distinct flavor profile.

However, feel free to paired this dish with any drink that will enhance your gustatory experience. Cheers to good food, good company, and good drinks!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delicious and comforting meal that's sure to become a family favorite!
A delicious and comforting meal that’s sure to become a family favorite!

One of the best things about this Irish strudel recipe is that it can be prepared in advance and reheated later for a quick, comforting meal. The pork stew filling can easily be made a day or two before assembling your strudels, saving you plenty of time when it comes to mealtime. To prepare the filling ahead of time, simply follow the instructions up and until step five, allowing the mixture to cool down completely before transferring it into an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to two days or freeze it for longer storage.

Reheating is just as easy as making them fresh. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake the frozen or refrigerated strudels for around 20-25 minutes until heated all the way through. If using leftover refrigerated strudels, reheat them for 10-15 minutes.

The pork stew filling also makes a great addition to any other dish that calls for stew such as potato stew, beef stew or even mixed with noodles, giving you endless possibilities.

If you have extra dough, don’t worry! The strudel dough can be frozen as well. To use at a later date, simply defrost overnight in the fridge before using.

Overall, this is a wonderful recipe to make ahead of time, freeze and enjoy any time of the week. The flavors intensify even more after storing it for a day or two allowing all the ingredients to blend together in harmony.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A dish that embodies the heart of Irish cuisine, rich and full of flavor!
A dish that embodies the heart of Irish cuisine, rich and full of flavor!

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve learned some tricks to ensure that your pork stew turns out perfectly. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you make this fantastic Irish strudels recipe.

First, always use the freshest herbs and seasonings possible. This will make a big difference in the flavor of your dish. For instance, use fresh basil instead of dried basil as it gives a brighter and fresher taste.

Secondly, make sure you brown the meat well before adding it to your pot with other ingredients. Proper browning creates a delicious crust that adds depth and richness to the stew.

Braising is another important technique in making pork stew. It involves cooking the meat low and slow in liquid until it becomes tender and juicy. A dutch oven is excellent for braising since it can maintain heat and distribute it evenly throughout the pot.

To add some extra flavor to your Irish strudels recipe, try adding caraway seeds or Irish soda bread crumbles to your stew. These ingredients will provide additional complexity of flavors and texture.

If you want a thicker stew, you can add a slurry made of flour mixed with some cold water. Alternatively, potatoes are good too as they release starch while being cooked which helps to thicken the soup.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions or additions to suit your tastes. For instance, you can swap pork for beef stew meat or try using apple cider instead of white wine for an alternative flavour profile.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to make a pork stew that is bursting with flavors and satisfyingly hearty—the perfect addition to any chilly day life recipe collection!


Before we dive into the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, let me encourage you not to sweat the small stuff. Remember that cooking is an art, and there’s no one way to do it. That being said, I understand that some of you may have questions about the recipe or cooking in general. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or unsure about something, take a deep breath and let’s tackle your concerns together.

Which part of pork is best for stew?

Pork tenderloin is a staple in pork stews, thanks to its rich fat content that allows for slow cooking. This cut is known for becoming exceptionally tender and flavorful as it melds with the surrounding broth.

What is pork stew made of?

To whip up this classic dish of British cuisine, gather pork, broth, white and sweet potatoes, and various vegetables. The pork is the main ingredient and should be cut into cubes before browning in oil to enhance its flavor. The dish is then seasoned with savory herbs, including rosemary and oregano, before being simmered in broth for an hour.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Pork Stew recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to taste a classic British dish made with bold flavors and hearty ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a comforting meal on a chilly day or just can’t get enough of flavorful stews, this recipe is worth adding to your collection.

Aside from its delicious taste, this recipe’s versatility makes it even more appealing. Simply swap out the pork for beef or chicken to create different variations; you never know, you might even discover a new favorite stew recipe.

So next time you’re in search of the perfect comfort food, give Chef John’s Irish Pork Stew recipe a try – I guarantee it will satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling fully satiated. Don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments below!

Pork Stew (Irish Strudels)

Pork Stew (Irish Strudels) Recipe

A hearty pork stew that's been in my family for three generations. It's my kids favorite recipe. The strudels (egg noodles) are what make it. I can remember there never being enough of them!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Healthy, St. Patrick's Day, Stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Calories 735.6kcal



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 large boneless pork chops, cubed
  • 3 large potatoes, cubed
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • basil
  • water, to cover


  • 4 -5 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Melt butter in large pot.
  • Saute garlic, onion & potatos for 5 minutes.
  • Add pork and brown.
  • Transfer ingredients into large roaster & add mushrooms, frozen peas,spices and enough water to cover about two inches from top. Cover.
  • Place in a 350 degree oven and cook for 1 hour.
  • Prepare Strudels.
  • Beat eggs & salt together in large bowl.
  • Slowly add enough flour until dough comes away from the sides of bowl but is still slightly sticky.
  • Knead dough on a flour board for 3 minutes.
  • Roll dough out until about an inch thick.
  • Grease dough with butter.
  • Cut dough into two inch strips and roll into noodles.
  • 15 minutes before serving place studels into stew making sure they are covered by liquid in stew. Cover.
  • When done remove noodles onto a plate.
  • Serve stew and enjoy both.
  • If stew is still too thin a rue of butter and flour can be added to thicken it.


Serving: 446g | Calories: 735.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 92.2g | Protein: 50.1g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 254.1mg | Sodium: 658.3mg | Fiber: 8.2g | Sugar: 4.3g

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