On St. Patricks's Day, the entire day of programming from QVC is recorded at my house. Along with, celebrating by going out to eat or making dinner for family and friends, as I have some Irish blood in me. I love how they dedicate the entire show to Irish products, gifts and goodies. Well, I got this recipe from the DVD called Food and Fables of Ireland with Stephen Walsh and Darina Allen. Darina runs the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in the South of Ireland. She is also a famous chef and a best selling author. The DVD is so fantastic and there is another 7 recipes to try and when I do I will post them. This was a wonderful meal and my husband & I really enjoyed the lamb.
I hope you enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the chops in half 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 carrots. Cut the carrots into large chunks or if they are small leave them whole. If the onions are large, cut them into quarters through the root. If they are small, leave whole.
Toss the meat in the hot fat on the pan until it is slightly brown. Transfer the meat into a casserole, then quickly toss the onions and carrots in the fat. Buildthe meat, carrots and onions up in layers in the casserole, season each layer with pepper & salt.
De-glaze the pan with lamb or beef stock and pour 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 the boil, cover with lid.
Transfer to a moderate oven or allow to simmer on top of the stove until the stew is cooked, 1 - 1 1/2 hours approx, depending on whether the stew is being
made with lamb or beef.
When the stew is cooked, pour off the cooking liquid, de-grease and reheat in another saucepan. If required, thicken slightly by whisking in a little roux. Check seasoning, then add chopped parsley and chives. Pour over the meat and vegetables. Bring the stew back up to boiling point and serve from the pot or serving dish.
1 stick (4 oz) butter, Scant 1 cup (4 oz) flour
Melt the butter and cook the flour in it for 2 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Use as required.