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Irish Stew Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

Irish stew is a great dish to serve at a St. Patrick's Day dinner party. In general, stews make wonderful dinner party fare because they're a one-pot meal that must be made in advance. Originally a peasant's meal, Irish stew normally consists of lamb, potatoes, and onions. To encourage that you experiment with this traditional recipe, I've found two versions. Both are straight forward, but one cooks the stew on the stove and the other bakes it in the oven. Choose which one suits your culinary needs or combine the two to make a delicious masterpiece. For both recipes please

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Beginner Irish Stew

Beginner Irish Stew

Beginner Irish Stew

Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 pounds boneless lamb stew meat (preferably shoulder), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups dark beer
1 1/2 pounds medium new potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut 1/2 inch thick diagonally
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge lamb in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Working in batches, brown lamb on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup water into pot, scraping up browned bits from bottom with a wooden spoon. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until water has evaporated and onion is beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Return lamb to pot; stir in thyme, beer, and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover; simmer until lamb is tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Add potatoes, carrots, and 1/2 cup water. Cook, covered, until vegetables are tender and stew has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley just before serving.

Serves 8.

Expert Irish Stew

Expert Irish Stew

Expert Irish Stew

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs lamb neck chops, trimmed
1/2 cup plain flour
3 brown onions, chopped
2 lbs baking potatoes, peeled, sliced
2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced into rounds
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups boiling water
3 beef stock cubes, crumbled
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped, to serve

Directions

  1. Cut chops in half. Place flour in a plastic bag and season with salt and pepper. Place chops in bag and shake well to coat. Transfer chops to a plate. Reserve flour.
  2. Preheat oven to 275°F.
  3. Place onions, potatoes and carrots in an ovenproof dish. Top with half the chops. Repeat layers with remaining onions, potatoes, carrots and chops.
  4. Whisk reserved flour, tomato paste and 2 tablespoons cold water in a large jug until well combined.
  5. Slowly add boiling water, whisking constantly.
  6. Add stock cubes and parsley. Stir to dissolve stock cubes.
  7. Pour flour mixture over chops.
  8. Cover and cook for 4 hours or until meat tender and sauce thickened. Sprinkle with mint and serve. You can also cook this stew in a slow cooker. Combine the ingredients as above and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Serves 6.

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gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I really don't like lamb so I always make this with beef and it's yum!
ESTONE ESTONE 8 years
Yum, good way to get ready for St. Patties day.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
Jude C - It's the actual taste of the MEAT that I don't like. I've had it prepared several ways (I keep TRYING to like it...) and I've always disliked it. I finally figured out that it's the meat itself that I hate.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
Mmm I love lamb stews!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
Mmm I love lamb stews!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i can't eat baby sheep, nope can't do it. dumb i know but that's just how it is. yes i eat cow and chicken (no veal). i will try the easy way with beef :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know, I've met a lot of people (like my fiance) who have always hated lamb, but eventually came around (thanks to my very simple lamb chops :p ). I think maybe a lot of people in the U.S. have had very poorly prepared or overly seasoned/sauced lamb? For instance, I make lamb chops using nothing but salt and pepper, letting the natural flavor of the lamb stand out without overwhelming or confusing it with a bunch of other seasonings or sauces, and that is always a huge hit. What kind of lamb dishes did those of you who don't like lamb have? What is it about lamb that you don't like? I'm just curious, since it's one of my favorite meats :feedme:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know, I've met a lot of people (like my fiance) who have always hated lamb, but eventually came around (thanks to my very simple lamb chops :p ). I think maybe a lot of people in the U.S. have had very poorly prepared or overly seasoned/sauced lamb? For instance, I make lamb chops using nothing but salt and pepper, letting the natural flavor of the lamb stand out without overwhelming or confusing it with a bunch of other seasonings or sauces, and that is always a huge hit.What kind of lamb dishes did those of you who don't like lamb have? What is it about lamb that you don't like? I'm just curious, since it's one of my favorite meats :feedme:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No thanks...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No thanks...
Marci Marci 8 years
People are always very divided on lamb. 50% love it, 50% hate it. I'd love to make this with lamb since I'm in the former group, but my fiance wouldn't eat it with me, so I always make it with beef. It's good, but not quite the same in my opinion.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I love lamb and stew--this sounds perfect :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Made it with beef back in cookery class cos I'm violently allergic to lamb but irish stew rocks.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
mmmm, I love stew! on sunday I just made a big batch of beef stew with potatoes, carrots, and turnips. This looks good too, but I don't like lamb. My boyfriend would probably LOVE this though, he's a huge fan of lamb. Maybe I'll make it for him.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
This looks really good. I would make it with beef also.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Leilanic1: of course you can make it with beef. Let me know how it comes out!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
do you have to make it with lamb? can i make it with beef instead? lamb is just so rich i can't eat it but this stew looks really good.
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