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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Traditional Irish Stew

You will find lots of recipes for Irish stew this time of the year. This is the one I've used for more years than I care to remember. I actually think it was a really old one from Gourmet Magazine. Heaven only knows what I've changed, maybe nothing.

Remember the Irish were a very poor people for a lot of years and meat was something usually reserved for special meals. A traditional stews didn't have a lot of fancy stuff added.

Traditional Irish Stew
about 8 servings
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3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
6 cups chicken broth or stock
3 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 stalks celery, trimmed and ribs cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a 7 to 8-quart kettle simmer lamb, parsley, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste in 4 cups broth, covered, 1 1/2-hours. To lamb mixture add potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and remaining 2 cups broth and simmer, covered 1 hour.

In a small bowl whisk together flour and oil until smooth and stir into simmering stew until well incorporated. Simmer stew, uncovered, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper.


  1. Can you buy lamb shoulder in a regular grocery store? I've never seen it. This sounds so good. Thanks for coming to visit my blog, but microwave peanut brittle? How the heck did you find that? I posted that months ago!

  2. Sounds great Bev. We have neighbors that have sheep -- maybe they have an extra one they won't miss. ;)

  3. when i lived in ireland it was so hard to come up with different recipes because you had about 7 ingredients that you could choose from. we had to order meat a week in advance to be able to get it at the local store. i did some very interesting cooking while i was there!

  4. And supper will be ready at what time? I've never had Irish Stew...perhaps if I were nice, I'd get some!...:)JP

  5. Is this the stew with the light rather than dark gravy? If so, you deserve a halo! Thanks!


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