Pub-style Irish Stew with Lamb

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Cook Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Bring classic pub fare to your table with this hearty Irish lamb stew. Serve with Irish soda bread.


  • 4 lbs lamb, boneless shoulder, 3/4-inch dice
  • 3 oz butter, clarified
  • 2 pints Irish red ale
  • 2 pints lamb stock
  • Roux:2 oz butter, clarified
  • 2 oz flour
  • 1 lbs turnips, peeled, 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 lb red potatoes, 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 lb baby carrots, pared
  • 1 lb pearl onions, peeled
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely sliced
  • 12 slices of Irish soda bread or other hearty loaf


  • In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter. Add lamb; cook until browned . Drain off any excessive amounts of rendered fat. Deglaze with ale; simmer for 3 minutes. Add lamb stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer gently 1-1/2 hours until meat is fork tender.
  • Mix roux of butter and flour; stir slowly into hot stew and simmer 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add turnips, potatoes, carrots and onions; simmer 10 more minutes.
  • To serve: Spoon lamb stew into bowls. Garnish with a liberal sprinkling of chopped parsley and green onion. Serve with warm slices of Irish soda bread.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 465
  Calories from Fat 170 (37%)
(30%)Total Fat 19g
(47%)Saturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(19%)Cholesterol 58mg
(22%)Sodium 523mg
(22%)Potassium 775mg
Total Carbohydrate 56g
(18%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(27%)Protein 13g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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