This Irish stew serves 4 to 6. It is our family recipe and I am sharing it with you because it's the best I've ever had. Make some soda bread with it, and have a cold Guinness. Slainte!

Beej
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place lamb shoulder, carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, beef stock, seasoned salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and Irish whiskey in a slow cooker. Cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours. Add peas about 15 minutes before serving.

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Cook's Note

The starch from the potatoes should make the stew thick enough, but add a little cornstarch and water mix if not.

Nutrition Facts

513.4 calories; protein 22.1g 44% DV; carbohydrates 64.3g 21% DV; fat 17.1g 26% DV; cholesterol 54.4mg 18% DV; sodium 191.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2010
Well I should start by saying that I didn't use Irish whiskey as I couldn't find any so I used Scotch. But even so the stew needed at least 1/3 a can of tomato paste for flavor as there wasn't a ton there and even though I tossed the lamb chunks in flour and browned them beforehand it really wasn't very thick. I think with modifications this could be a really nice recipe - the whiskey is a good background flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2010
A standard slow-cooker lamb stew with the addition of a shot of booze. Hardly original but the booze does not spoil it - nor does it add that much to it. An edible dish but not worth MY time to change from my tried and trusted recipe I have been using for years. I emphasise that this reaction is based upon MY taste characteristics. Others may find this good particularly those who have not had a lamb stew before. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2010
Well I should start by saying that I didn't use Irish whiskey as I couldn't find any so I used Scotch. But even so the stew needed at least 1/3 a can of tomato paste for flavor as there wasn't a ton there and even though I tossed the lamb chunks in flour and browned them beforehand it really wasn't very thick. I think with modifications this could be a really nice recipe - the whiskey is a good background flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2010
A standard slow-cooker lamb stew with the addition of a shot of booze. Hardly original but the booze does not spoil it - nor does it add that much to it. An edible dish but not worth MY time to change from my tried and trusted recipe I have been using for years. I emphasise that this reaction is based upon MY taste characteristics. Others may find this good particularly those who have not had a lamb stew before. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2011
We had it for a St. Patty's Day party and it was awesome although I did change it up a bit. I added 1/2 cup of dry white wine and upped the Irish Whiskey (Jameson). I also used yellow boiler onions instead of cut yellow onion. Everyone loved it and the woody flavor from the whiskey was an interesting touch. We served it with Irish Soda Bread and it was great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2014
I added 3 parsnips chopped and a rounded tsp of rosemary and upped the thyme to a full tsp. The flavor of the whiskey while not overly strong seemed to mask the flavor of the parsnips and herbs. IMO adding Guinness would be better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/19/2012
This was a solid recipe. Everything in it was fine but the overriding opinion was that there was something missing. Others have suggested that tomato paste or white wine would work but neither of those resonate as the missing ingredient. It was very very good just a touch bland for our tastes. Maybe dill maybe rosemary... It is definitely not the last time I'll make the recipe but I want to figure out what that last ingredient might be first! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2019
I am not the seasoned veteran cook that some of the reviewers must be. I wouldn't know a basic lamb stew from a gourmet one. But I do know that my wife and I love this recipe. The last time I made it I used a lamb shank and put it in whole. I cooked on high for four hours and then took out the shank and took the meat off and diced it. It put the bone back in the pot along with the meat. The flavor is in the bone. I use scotch because that is what I have and it is similar to Irish whiskey. We love this recipe and I will make it many more times. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/13/2017
This is a good base to start a stew however it is a bland dish based on my taste profile. It is hardy and makes more than it looks. I did add more than a "pinch" of the seasoning to add more flavor to it but sadly it didn't work out. Looking at some of the other reviews looks like they may add more flavor out in this and will be worth a shot next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2015
It was wonderful! I used a few dashes of Worcestershire a little red wine and Lairds Applejack Whiskey because I had no other whiskey. I put a little more in then I was supposed to but it came out wonderful with a little hint of sweetness from The Applejack. I also used part potatoes and part turnips. Yay!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2016
It was a good stew. I used left over leg of lamb and cooked on stovetop rather than slow cooker. I only used 2 potatoes instead if the 5 the recipe called for. Good flavor. Will make again. Read More