Vol. VII, Episode 1

Plain Irish Stew

Watch as Will demonstrates a period soup recipe from the Hospital Steward's Manual, courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Plain Irish Stew Recipe

These quantities have been adjusted from the original for 5 men

  • 5 lbs beef
  • 0.8 lbs onions
  • 1.2 lbs potatoes
  • 0.8 tsp salt
  • 0.3 Tbsp pepper
  • water

Cut up the beef into 1/4 pound chunks.
Cut up the onion and potato into large chunks. No need to dice.
Add in the salt and pepper.
Simmer for 2 hours on the fire.
After simmering, mash up the potatoes to thicken and serve.


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