Traditional recipes for Irish stew use a tough, fatty cut of lamb and only potatoes, onions and herbs. This up-to-date version with lamb leg steaks is leaner, and more colourful with the addition of carrots.
Add 120 g whole small button mushrooms, layering them in the casserole with the onion and carrots. * If you want the cooking liquid to be slightly thickened, sprinkle 1 tablespoon pearl barley between the first few layers along with the herbs. * For a real taste of Ireland, you can replace half of the stock with Guinness.
Carrots are not traditional in Irish stew, but they are well worth including, both for their colour and flavour and also their nutritional properties. They provide vitamins A and C as well as potassium.
Top meal most enjoyable! Will do again. - 02 Oct 2014
Used different ingredients. add peas for extra colour and vegi content - 05 May 2009
Good hearty meal. I prepared it in the morning, then had my partner throw it in the oven in the afternoon. - 05 May 2009