This recipe is taken from my book – An Irish Butcher Shop. Irish stew isn’t that Irish any more, with few of the younger generation making it to the traditional recipe. Made from lamb or mutton and potatoes, it is a flavoursome and filling comfort food which I believe is best eaten in winter. It is considered a white stew as opposed to the richer brown tones of a beef stew.
- 1 kg/2 lb 4 oz potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
- 5 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 1 kg/2 lb 4 oz diced leg of lamb, cut into large pieces
- 11⁄2 cups water
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Use a pot with a well-fitting lid and layer half the potatoes on the bottom. Then layer the onions, 3 tablespoons of the parsley and the meat, finishing with the potatoes. Pour over the water and add the seasoning. Cover and cook on a very low heat for 21⁄2–3 hours until the meat is tender and the potatoes have broken into the liquid. Serve sprinkled with the remaining chopped parsley and seasonings.
We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Food Market Monkstown and Avoca Rathcoole. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers