Chef John's Irish Stew Recipe

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Chef John's Irish Stew

Lynn Clay


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20 Min


2 Hr 25 Min


Stove Top


3 lb
lamb shoulder chops
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp
vegetable oil
onion, chopped
1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
3 c
chicken stock
1/2 tsp
dried rosemary
carrots, chopped
2 stalk(s)
stalks celery, chopped
water as needed
1 1/2 lb
baby yellow potatoes
1/4 c
chopped green onions

Directions Step-By-Step

Season lamb shoulder chops with salt and black pepper.
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Working in batches, cook lamb shoulder chops until browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a stock pot.
Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in the same skillet over medium heat until slightly softened and edges are browning, about 5 minutes. Stir butter into onion until melted; add flour and stir until onions are coated, about 1 minute.
Pour stock into onion mixture; bring to a boil, add rosemary, and stir until mixture thickens, 5 to 10 minutes.
Stir carrots and celery into pot with lamb shoulder chops and pour chicken stock mixture over the top. Add water as needed to cover meat completely. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and cook until meat is almost falling off the bone, about 1 1/2 hours.
Transfer meat to a plate. Stir potatoes into stew and return meat to stew, placing on top of vegetables. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and meat is falling off the bone, about 30 minutes.
Transfer meat to a plate using a slotted spoon. Bring stew to a boil and cook, skimming off fat, until stew is reduced and thick, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove meat from bones; discard bones and any pieces of fat. Stir meat back into stew. Stir green onions into stew and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook's Note:

You can substitute 1 bottle dark beer plus 1 1/2 cups chicken stock for the chicken stock.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: Irish