Irish stew

Irish stew

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus 2 hours 30 minutes to make the stock

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Serves 6
Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Richard Corrigan's Irish stew - it's big on flavour, even bigger if you make it ahead and quite literally, let it stew...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal524
  • fat23g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.09g
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Ingredients

  • 3 middle necks of lamb (about 1.8kg/4lb), filleted and boned - you need to end up with about 950g/2lb 2oz pure meat
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 650g floury potatoes, such as King Edward
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 650g waxy potato, such as Desirée or Pentland Javelin
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1kg carrots
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 onions
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • chopped fresh chives and parsley, to garnish

For the stock

  • bones from the lamb
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 1 large carrot, quartered
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 onion, quartered
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ celery stick, quartered
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large sprigs of thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • a generous sprig of parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 6 black peppercorns, lightly crushed

Method

  1. Make the stock. Put the lamb bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with the carrot, onion, celery, herbs, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 litres/5 1⁄4 pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

  2. Strain the stock through a fine sieve to remove bones and vegetables, then return to the pan. Boil until reduced to about 1.3 litres/21⁄4 pints. (You can make the stock the day before – keep it in a covered container in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.)

  3. Make the stew. Cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into pieces of similar size to the meat. Put the two different types in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings.

  4. Put the lamb in a large, clean saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off all the impurities from the surface. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

  5. Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep in the fridge). Garnish and serve.

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johnomck
9th May, 2009
easy as to make done it for a dinner party in oz and everyone loved it.
johnomck
9th May, 2009
easy as to make done it for a dinner party in oz and everyone loved it.
lornacynthia
17th Apr, 2009
Proper Irish stew...... I cook it for 5 children so you can change weights etc to suit 2lb good quality minced beef 4-6 carrots chopped half to one onion mushrooms if desired seasoning gravy granuals/beef oxo cubes roll mince into balls and brown in saucepan. drain off excess fat (shouldnt be much if good quality mince) Add the chopped carrots, onion, mushrooms and stir into mince. Make up your beef stock and add to the hot sauce pan. let this cook on high for just a few minutes, then add the potatoes. turn down heat and cook slowly until all veg and potatoes are cooked. Tastes great the next day as the stock has thickened. Simply as that!!! Let me know
Honeygran
3rd Feb, 2009
4.05
Most butchers will cut middle neck for you. If they don't, I would suggest asking for lamb for slow stewing. They may offer shoulder which would be fine - just better quality than you need.
magicmuffinjo
25th Jan, 2009
Frank - Not all us Irish make stew is made with Lamb, its up to your taste. Try beef instead.
allmurphys
6th Dec, 2008
Find it difficult to source neck of lamb in my s119HS area. Any suggestions?
tempest
30th Sep, 2008
5.05
I made this for my partner (who is Irish) as a St Patrick's Day treat. He was so impressed that I have been making it ever since. I did cheat a little and used lamb stock cubes (good quality ones) instead of making the stock from scratch but it is still fantastic and goes down a storm with everyone I cook it for. It's definately best if you can let it go cold and then reheat it later as this seems to thicken the sauce.
lucinda15
11th Jun, 2008
4.05
I was hesitant at first as my partner loves lamb but I am not that keen. However, it was delicious & I served it with homemade soda bread. I had some leftover (as I made loads) and it was even better the day after and the soda bread was great for toast. I will do this again for sure.
gillian1
31st Oct, 2007
4.05
I loved this when we tested it in the office. I'm planning to make Irish stew at the weekend as the freezer is full of middle neck of lamb.. which I butchered on my recent butchery course!

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