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Irish stew

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Irish stew is a traditional Irish stew made from lamb, beef or mutton, (mutton is used as it comes from less tender sheep over a year old and is fattier and more flavourful) as well as potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley.

Left: In a modern lamb stew, the meat is browned first to give colour.

The essence of Irish stew is summed up in the recipe's entry in The Joy of Cooking: "This famous stew is not browned."

More recently, stouts have been added to provide extra flavor.

Recipe Ingredients


  • 4 litres of water.
  • 1 lb of stewing beef.
  • 4 med size carrots.
  • 2 med size onions.
  • A tablespoon of parsley.
  • 5 med size potatoes.
  • 2 stock cubes, or 1 pint of homemade/prepared stock.
  • Black pepper.
  • Boil the stewing beef alone for about 1 hour.
  • Strain off most of the fat.
  • Chop the vegetables to spoon size.
  • Put all ingredients in a big pot including the stock, and bring to boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.


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