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traditional irish stew

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Melanie Ross
Rumford, ME

Then hurrah for an Irish Stew That will stick to your belly like glue.

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Using only salt and pepper to flavor, we weren't sure how the seasoning was going to be. But this Irish stew was delicious. The lamb and bacon added tons of flavor. All that's missing is some crusty bread. We had the stew simmering for 2 hours and it came out perfect. A nice treat for St. Patrick's Day!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves 4-6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For traditional irish stew

  • 4
    potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4
    medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 6
    carrots, sliced
  • 1 lb
    Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 3 lb
    lamb chops, 1-inch thick, trimmed, and cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 4
    potatoes, halved
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped

How To Make traditional irish stew

  • Ingredients gathered for Irish stew.
    To make Irish stew, gather all the ingredients. They will be assembled in layers in a large stew pot.
  • Sliced potatoes, onions, and carrots layered into the pot.
    Begin with layers of sliced potatoes, onions, and carrots.
  • Canadian bacon and lamb layered in the pot.
    Top with a layer of Canadian bacon and lamb.
  • Generously seasoned with salt and pepper.
    Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Layers repeated.
    Repeat these steps until all the ingredients are used.
  • Water added to the pot.
    Add enough water to just cover the ingredients.
  • Potato halves added to the pot.
    Arrange the halved potatoes on top of the stew, so they can steam as the rest is cooking.
  • The Irish stew simmering on the stove.
    Simmer over a very low heat for about 2 hours.
  • Traditional Irish Stew in a bowl with parsley.
    Sprinkle liberally with the chopped parsley and serve in soup bowls.