Irish stew

Irish stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

The trick with this classic one-pot is to use a cheaper cut of meat, which means you’ll skimp on price but not quality

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
627
protein
49g
carbs
44g
fat
30g
saturates
14g
fibre
0g
sugar
11g
salt
2.13g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 200g smoked streaky bacon, preferably in one piece, skinned and cut into chunks
  • 900g stewing lamb, cut into large chunks
  • 5 medium onions, sliced
  • 5 carrots, sliced into chunks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • small bunch thyme
  • 100g pearl barley
  • 850ml lamb stock
  • 6 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
  • small knob of butter
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole. Sizzle the bacon for 4 mins until crisp. Turn up the heat, then cook the lamb for 6 mins until brown. Remove the meats with a slotted spoon. Add the onions, carrots and herbs to the pan, then cook for about 5 mins until softened. Return the meat to the pan, stir in the pearl barley, pour over the stock, then bring to a simmer.
  2. Sit the chunks of potato on top of the stew, cover, then braise in the oven, undisturbed, for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are soft and the meat is tender. The stew can now be chilled and kept in the fridge for 2 days, then reheated in a low oven or on top of the stove. Remove from the oven, dot the potatoes with butter, scatter with the spring onions and serve scooped straight from the dish.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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jenmednick's picture
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Yum Yum!! This was really tasty!

mrskiedis's picture
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This recipe is definately going to be a regular in our house. Easy to make and delicious, freezes well to.

juliee43's picture

i fancy to put the dumpling as well

carolannpearson's picture

I'm tempted to try because of the great reviews! But, can I make this with chicken or beef? We're not big fans of lamb.

cawinfield's picture
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I skipped the bacon but casserole still turned out wonderfully flavoursome. The potatoes in particular take on a lovely taste. Highly recommended and very very easy too!

bfcpaul's picture
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Made this a couple of times and we've loved it! Theres normally enough leftover for our 8 month old daughter to have whizzed up in the blender for lunch the next day too!

sophiekitten's picture
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A complete success...to please my 4 boys and Husband with a fab 1 pot meal is a first!! Even my little girl who is one liked it, so needless to say i've cooked it a few times now and it is definitely on my 'menu' ! It even looked the same as the picture in the magazine which was a little bonus for me , as it's usually like serving in a canteen in my house at mealtimes.....presentation is not always top of the list ;-)

foodie is me's picture
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Absolutely mouthwatering!

squashedtomatoe's picture
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This was so simple to make and wonderfully tasty. We put it in the oven and disappeared to the pub on St Patrick's Day for a couple of hours, a little longer than it needed but it was fine. Took some for my mum-in law the next day and she rang singing it's praises. Will definitely be making again.

karinaya's picture
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Great recipe, very tasty and easy to make, even the kids wolfed it down, will definately make again

hewettg's picture
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We tried this at the weekend with excellent results. Loads of flavour. Was even better the following day!!! It was so good that my local pub is puting it on the menu for St Patricks day!!

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