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Classic Irish Stew linkIrish Stew is a filling, simple dish that is full of flavour and is very easy to make. Typically prepared for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Stew is Ireland’s national food dish and is enjoyed all year long. Serve with Brown Irish Soda Bread – it’s great for soaking up the rich broth.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb/500g mutton or lamb cutlets (bone removed) cut into 2″/5cm chunks
  • 2lb/ 1 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 cup/115g onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup/ 100g leeks, cleaned and finely sliced
  • 1 cup/170g carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1½ pints / 750 ml dark beef stock
  • 2 or 3 cabbage leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 350F/180C/ Gas 4

  • In a large frying pan heat half the oil to hot but not smoking. Add half the lamb pieces and brown all over. Remove the lamb and place in a casserole, cover with a half of the potatoes, onions, leeks and carrots.
  • Add the remaining oil to the frying pan, heat again then add the remaining lamb and brown all over. Add to the casserole and cover with the remaining vegetables.
  • Add the stock, cover with a tight fitting lid, cook in the oven for 1 hour. Add the cabbage (if using) replace the lid and cook for another hour. Check from time to time to make sure the stock isn’t reducing too much, if it is add a little boiling water. The meat and vegetables should always be covered by liquid. If the sauce is too runny at the end, cook a little longer with the lid removed. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve piping hot with Brown Irish Soda Bread.