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The ingredients for Irish stew are layered in a heavy pot and slow-cooked in the oven, allowing the lamb and potatoes to tenderize and the flavors to deepen and meld. The best part is that you can walk away from the simmering pot and return two hours later to a mouthwatering meal.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004



Cook's Notes

A heavy pot with a tight-fitting cover works best, don't lift the lid or stir the stew: The more heat and moisture there is, the more tender the results will be.

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  • emschwar
    25 JAN, 2012
    Made this tonight. It was so amazing! We used lamb, and it was just delicious. I'll definitely make it again.
  • violet17
    18 MAR, 2009
    I made this last Sunday with beef stew cubes as I couldn't find Lamb shoulder. The lamp chops were too pricey. I had to make it in 2 smaller corning wear dishes as I didn't have a big dish deep enough so I didn't put the whole potatoes on top. It was very tasty and my fiance and I enjoyed it very much. I even got him to peel potatoes. I used regular chicken stock not low sodium and it still came out okay.
  • mickthewineguy
    13 MAR, 2009
    Meg, a crock pot should work. Boil the stock in a saucepan; arrange the potatoes and onions in your crockpot; place the meat on top of vegetables; add stock, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 7 to 9 hours on low.
  • megchurchin
    4 MAR, 2009
    Think i could just put this in our crock pot?
  • MS10811224
    17 MAR, 2008
    I was feeling my Irish pride early this year (even though i'm German and French, lol) My family will NOT eat lamb. So for the sake of their taste buds, I substituted the lamb with free-range beef cubed into the 1-inch cubes. I also used organic chicken stock. and the stew was DELICIOUS! And the aroma is just amazing as it permeates your home!!
  • MS10255990
    15 MAR, 2008
    I am making this with beef today for an early St Pats's celebration and think it will be great.
  • CKL18798175
    10 MAR, 2008
    I don't eat lamb (and prefer not to cook it!); any thoughts on whether this could be made successfully with beef, instead?

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