So much of Irish cooking was born from necessity. But from Ireland’s extraordinary hardships came simple, delicious farmhouse dishes that rely on cheap, available ingredients. In this case, there are a mere four ingredients – pork ribs, bacon, onions, and of course, potatoes. Then, with a little heat and a little time, they transform themselves into a comforting, nourishing, almost healing stew that makes the house smell beautiful. Plus, its inexpensive and bountiful – it easily makes enough to feed a sizable group. So make the most of not very much and bring the family around your table. And that’s a lot more Irish than green beer.
Irish Pork Rib Stew, Serves 6
2 lb pork ribs (not baby back), cut into six pieces
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, sliced
4 large potatoes, approximately 2 lbs, two peeled and sliced, two peeled and cubed
Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until lightly browned, then add ribs and cover with four inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off any fat and foam that rises to the surface. Add onions and potatoes and cook for another three hours.
Serve with brown bread and homemade butter. (The easiest recipe which I’ll post tomorrow.)