James Whelan Butchers: Irish Stew

How to Make Irish StewIrish stew is the quintessential Irish dish, still enjoyed both as a family meal and as a tasty dish to serve to guests at a casual supper. The secret to getting really great flavour is to include the lamb bones during cooking – they add a depth and richness that would not otherwise be possible. If you are ordering diced lamb online don’t forget to ask us to include some bones with your order!

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  • 1kg (2 lbs) shoulder/leg of lamb well trimmed and diced (keep the bones)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 small white turnips, chopped
  • 4 potatoes, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 50g (2 oz) approx. green cabbage, finely shredded
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 125ml ( ¼ pt) cream
  • Dash of Worcester sauce
  • Chopped parsley

Serves 4-6

To Cook

Place the lamb in a large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Drain and rinse the lamb, place in a clean pot. Add the bones to the pot. Cover with approx. 1 litre (2 pts) water. Add the vegetables, except the cabbage. Season. Cover the pot and cook gently for approx. one hour, or until the meat is tender. Then remove the bones.

To Finish the Sauce

Remove about 250ml ( ½ pt) of the liquid and vegetables from the pot. Process this with the cream and return to the pot with the finely shredded cabbage. Add the Worcester sauce. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the cabbage is heated through. Check the seasoning. Add the parsley and serve in deep plates.

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 Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

2 Responses to “James Whelan Butchers: Irish Stew”

  1. Eddie Cooke says:

    An excellent website and will definitely make a Christmas purchase.

  2. una says:

    sounds yummy if only i wasnt too lazy to actually make it!!!!!!

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