Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (if finishing in the oven - see below).
  • Cut the chops in 1/2 and trim off some of the excess fat. Set aside. Render down the fat on a gentle heat in a heavy pan (discard the rendered-down pieces).
  • Peel the onions and scrape or thinly peel the carrots (if they are young you could leave some of the green stalk on the onion and carrot).
  • Cut the carrots into large chunks, or if they are young leave them whole. If the onions are large, cut them small, if they are small they are best left whole.
  • Toss the meat in the hot fat in a saucepan until it is slightly brown.
  • Transfer the meat into a casserole, then quickly toss the onions and carrots in the fat.
  • Build the meat, carrots and onions up in layers in the casserole, carefully season each layer with freshly ground pepper and salt.
  • Deglaze the pan with lamb stock and pour it into the casserole.
  • Peel the potatoes and lay them on top of the casserole, so they will steam while the stew cooks. Season the potatoes.
  • Add a sprig of thyme, bring to a boil on top of the stove, cover and transfer to a moderate oven (350 F) or allow to simmer on top of the stove until the stew is cooked, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • When the stew is cooked, pour off the cooking liquid, degrease and reheat in another saucepan. Slightly thicken it with a little roux if you like.
  • Check seasoning, then add chopped parsley and chives and pour it back over the stew.
  • Place over medium heat and bring it back up to boiling point and serve from the pot or in a large pottery dish.
  • ****
  • For the roux:
  • Melt the butter and cook the flour in it for 2 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Use as required.
  • Roux can be stored in a cool place and used as required or it can be made up on the spot if preferred.
  • It will keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Makes 4-6 servings of stew.

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  • sirshawnthebrewer 10 years ago
    Nothing like a good Stew...

    I will have to find my Irish Stew Recipe and post it :)
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  • sas 11 years ago
    Feel free to drink the other half of the Guinness???
    I drank the other 4.5 cans-HIC! Great recipe sweet cheeks! Keep in touch. Sas
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    Great recipe, Lunasea! I love Irish stew! High fiver on this! :+D
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    " It was excellent "
    cholena ate it and said...
    I love stew . It's goes well with aapam : )
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    I love lamb stew and this is superb no matter what the weather!
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    " It was excellent "
    pink ate it and said...
    Happy St, Patricks Day with this recipe! 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Hi Vicki, I cooked this last night and wow... very good. I gave it a five. Only thing I did different was 2 beers (told ya.. LOL) but I reduce it down by 1/4 before adding it. I also used gold potatoes because I had them on hand. I happened to have some frozen Lamb stock so I was good to go... This will become one of the dishes I cook on our annual hunting weekends. Everyone loved it... Thanks.... Jim
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    This recipe sounds great. Its supposed to be cold here all week. I just may have to try this one real soon... Thanks Vicki
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    " It was excellent "
    dtour ate it and said...
    This is delicious. Don't burn the roux. Thanks for posting!
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  • deedeec 11 years ago
    Oh this stuff is so good! I like to use Guiness too, but my husband has a heart attack seeing me poor Guiness into anything but a pint glass (for him of course). However, he never complains about the outcome of the dish. :)
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    " It was excellent "
    invisiblechef ate it and said...
    Nothing wrong with this at all! delicious.
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  • absinthebride 11 years ago
    Looks wonderful!
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    " It was excellent "
    zena824 ate it and said...
    Yummers for sure!!!!!
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  • caramia 11 years ago
    I LOVE stews,and being from Scotland I grew up on them.thanks for posting it looks great and i wil try it.
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    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    This is my kind of food! I love Irish stew and I'd be a fool not to, considering my Irish background ;-) Cheers!!!
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  • lunasea 11 years ago
    I agree, M. It's the perfect meal for a cold day. =)
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    " It was excellent "
    borius ate it and said...
    Perfect for a cold day!
    M
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