Irish Stew #2

A simple dish of lamb, potatoes and onions, well flavoured with herbs. If any other ingredients are added, the result is not an authentic Irish stew. Use a deep casserole to hold the layers of meat and vegetables, and allow for long show cooking so that the liquid is thickened and enriched. Use a firm potato such as the Romano or Maris Piper varieties.


serves 4
700 g (1 1/2 lb) middle neck of lamb, cut into cutlets and trimmed
2 medium onions, skinned and sliced
450 g (1 lb) old potatoes, thinly sliced
15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh parsley
5 ml (1 tsp) dried thyme
salt and pepper
chopped fresh parsley, to garnish


1. Make layers of meat, vegetables, herbs and salt and pepper in a deep casserole, ending with a top layer of potato to make a neat 'lid'.

2. Pour in 300 ml (1/2 pint) water and cover with greaseproof paper or foil and then the casserole lid. Bake at 170°C (325°F) mark 3 for about 2 hours or until the meat and vegetables are tender.

Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

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Ireland is not in Britain
posted by JH @ 05:27AM, 8/02/07
Why is Ireland under the British section?

Northern Ireland still British.
Most of these recipes, are traditional Republic of Ireland (Eire) Recipes
posted by RT @ 11:15AM, 8/18/08
I can understand the above reply, but these recipes originated from Irish cooking, not Northern Irish cooking which conformed more to British tastes due to british occupation. So much Irish was tried to be erradicated by the British whilst they were under occupation- land was stolen, families made poor etc etc many brave Irish men and women lost their lives fighting to free Ireland- think about 1916! Surely respect should be shown for all those who died to free Ireland and her people & for Ireland's heritage by placing these recipes under the correct heading of Irish Recipes- Not British, Gaelic Recipes would be something....
Irish/ British
posted by Nuala @ 12:45PM, 4/05/09
Granted, the British thing is irritating, but it's only a bloody recipe! I think you're reading a bit too much into it
Irish recipes
posted by Pip Heheir @ 06:20PM, 11/11/09
For what it's worth Northern Ireland (which only encompasses part of the province of Ulster) is not in (Great) Britain, it's in the United Kingdom (of GB and NI). And there are more (native) Gaelic speakers in Scotland than Ireland (where the language is officially known as Irish). I can't imagine there's anyone from the large cities of England and Scotland who doesn't have a substantial Irish element in his or ancestry, and Irish stew is, for better or worse, as British as Chicken Tikka Masala (or for that matter Beef Madras). What we need of course is an adjective meaning "of the British Isles". So there!
Irish / Scottish / Welsh / English
posted by Watta Tadger @ 07:57AM, 7/06/10
Why not dispense with placing under a "Britsh" group heading and include as a distinct country as per American, French etc.

That way do can avoid much of the problems highlighted in earlier postings, I doubt many folk in Scotland are happy to be included as "British" either.
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