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Lamb Stew, Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2016!

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

And may your St. Patrick’s Day meal be blessed with an abundance of richly flavored Irish Butter!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2016!

Lamb Stew, Happy St. Patrick's Day 2016!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Category: Lamb, Meat

Cuisine: Irish Inspired

Yield: 6

Lamb Stew


  • 2 1/2 pounds butterflied leg of lamb
  • 1/4 inch slice Kerrygold Irish butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 cup beer or red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 turnips, cubed
  • 8 fresh carrots, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 box frozen pearl onions in cream sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups petite peas
  • few pinches coarse kosher salt, more to taste
  • few grinds cracked black pepper
  • few tablespoons fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dry the lamb well using paper toweling
  3. On medium temperature, heat a Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid
  4. Add Irish butter and olive oil
  5. Set in the lamb, brown well on each side
  6. Transfer lamb to a platter
  7. Reduce pan heat to low, tumble in the onion, cook three minutes
  8. Stir in the garlic and rosemary, cook another 2 minutes
  9. Cut browned lamb into cubes and return back to the pan along with any juices
  10. Pour in the wine or beer, increase temperature to medium high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes until reduced a bit then pour in the beef stock
  11. Cover pot and set into oven for one hour and fifteen minutes
  12. Remove pot from the oven and tumble in the turnips, carrots, crimini mushrooms, and frozen pearl onions in cream sauce, stir through, cover pot with the lid and return to the oven for another hour Remove pot, stir in peas and parsley, sprinkle with salt and pepper, check seasoning, adjust to taste Serve alongside hot mashed potatoes prepared with Irish butter and finely chopped scallions

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  1. Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I ate a lot of Irish stew in Dublin. It’s one of my favorites. We love Kerrygold butter too. We use the spreadable blend for spreading and the sticks for baking. Their aged cheddar is exquisite. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Peggy.
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    • Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Ah Kelly, sounds wonderful. I do love stews and lamb stew is among my favorites with mashed potatoes, or even reversed as shepherds pie! I’m with you on the Kerrygold butter, it has such a lovely creamy flavor and I love the golden color. The kids had half day today and loved spreading it on Irish soda bread. I also buy the cheddar and enjoy it very much as well (including shredded in dishes as it also provides a nice taste combined with ingredients.) Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too, and Antonio!

  2. Arlene D.
    Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful Peggy and the recipe doesn’t look too difficult either. It might be a nice spring dinner on a Sunday and we will probably have some more cold days for stew too. See you at the market.

    • Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Arlene. The stew is not difficult at all, just a bit of browning and the rest is adding on into the pot, well, all except whipping up a nice batch of creamy mashed potatoes. Slainte!

  3. Meredith
    Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice presentation. The stew with mashed potatoes looks delicious. I’m printing the recipe for future use.

    • Posted March 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Meredith. I’m sure you will enjoy preparing it, not too many ingredients and very delicious. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, looks like you had one delicious Saint PatrickĀ“s Day! Stew, Irish soda bread and lots of creamy and rich Kerrygold butter. Who could ask for more?!

    • Posted March 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Andrea, thanks so much and I will be saying that the lamb stew with the mashed potatoes was a knockout, so good! I also served sauteed bacon and cabbage and this surrounded the outside of the plate. My grandson’s buddies loved it too so all in all a lovely, lucky St. Patrick’s Day feast! See you soon.

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