My grandmother used to make this stew as a special Sunday meal…and a memorable treat from Ireland. —Vickie Desourdy, Washington, North Carolina
- 2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound carrots, sliced
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) Guinness stout or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 6 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, brown lamb in butter and oil in batches. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute carrots and onions in drippings until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Gradually add broth and beer. Stir in lamb, potatoes, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Cover and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring every 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Stir in cream; heat through.
Freeze option: Place individual portions of stew in freezer containers and freeze up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Lamb Stew in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p23
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.
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