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Irish StewIrish stew or "stobhach gaelach" as it is called in Gaelic, is traditionally made with mutton or lamb, potatoes, onions, and carrots and perhaps some parsley and/or thyme for extra flavour. It is a slowly cooked dish which ensures the meat is tender and flavoursome.


Whilst some cooks add turnips or parsnips,  traditionalists may argue that this isn't correct, but with all that said and done, it should be remembered that this is a peasant dish which was originally devised by farmers, so one can assume that they would have used whatever was to hand.


Below is a traditional recipe, but as with people back in the late 18th Century,  add whatever is in season ... just keep the faith by using only the freshest of ingredients.



Happy Cooking!



Irish Stew        HT  MC  Irish  2 hours 30 mins


Serves 4-6 Hot Lamb Vegetables Main Course Dairy Gluten Wheat Free; British Ireland Europe




900g/2lb Best End Neck of Lamb *

2 Large Onions, thickly sliced

3 large Carrots, cut into chunks

675g/1-˝lb Peeled Potatoes, half cubed and half thickly sliced

450ml/15 fl.oz. Fresh Beef or Lamb Stock

Salt and Pepper

A few sprigs each of Parsley and Thyme (optional)





1. Cut the meat into even sized pieces and put into a large saucepan with the sliced onions, carrots, SLICED potatoes. Add the stock, herbs (is using) salt and pepper.


2.Bring to the boil, remove any scum which surfaces, then cover and simmer for 1 hour 20 minutes. If using mutton, cook for 2 hours.


3. Stir the stew well to break up the potatoes a little which will serve to thicken the stew a little, then add the remaining chunks of potatoes and continue to cook for a further 40 minutes. 


4. To serve - taste and re-season if necessary, transfer to a hot serving dish and serve very hot.


This dish can also be cooked in the oven  150C, 300F, Gas mark 2 for  3 hours, but then it wouldn't be a stew it would be a casserole!



* You can also use mutton which is more traditional or lamb chops


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