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

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.[1]. 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[2].



4 cups of water.
1 lb of diced/chopped mutton.

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 mutton 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.

In popular culture

  • Irish stew appears in a famous sequence in the novel Three Men in a Boat, in which the narrator humorously claims that "Irish stew" consists of whatever leftovers one can find.
  • Russell McHugh, while a breakfast presenter on All FM in 2000, successfully convinced listeners that his name was Cockney Rhyming Slang for Irish Stew (as in, "I'll have a bowl of Russell McHugh."). When the April Fool was revealed, two Manchester restaurants changed the name of the dish in his honour.


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