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Chef John's Irish Stew

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars
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"Pay attention to the cut of lamb used in this recipe. I used lamb shoulder chops, which are a fantastic value, when you consider flavor, useable meat, and price. They will probably be the cheapest lamb at the store, have more flavor and richness than leg meat, and are cheaper than shanks and loins. It takes a while for the meat to braise and fall off the bone, but it's a wait rewarded with tender, succulent chucks of lamb."
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Ingredients

2 h 45 m servings 508
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Season lamb shoulder chops with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Working in batches, cook lamb shoulder chops until browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a stock pot.
  3. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in the same skillet over medium heat until slightly softened and edges are browning, about 5 minutes. Stir butter into onion until melted; add flour and stir until onions are coated, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour stock into onion mixture; bring to a boil, add rosemary, and stir until mixture thickens, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir carrots and celery into pot with lamb shoulder chops and pour chicken stock mixture over the top. Add water as needed to cover meat completely. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and cook until meat is almost falling off the bone, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Transfer meat to a plate. Stir potatoes into stew and return meat to stew, placing on top of vegetables. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and meat is falling off the bone, about 30 minutes.
  7. Transfer meat to a plate using a slotted spoon. Bring stew to a boil and cook, skimming off fat, until stew is reduced and thick, 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and any pieces of fat. Stir meat back into stew. Stir green onions into stew and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute 1 bottle dark beer plus 1 1/2 cups chicken stock for the chicken stock.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 508 calories; 29.1 28.6 32.1 120 466 Full nutrition

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Another hit for a Chef John recipe! I LOVE lamb. I also buy the shoulder chops often because of their price. I do, however, buy leg, breast, racks (OMG yummm) and ground. It is probably my f...

Most helpful critical review

This was just ok. Not a lot of flavor. Probably will not make it again

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Another hit for a Chef John recipe! I LOVE lamb. I also buy the shoulder chops often because of their price. I do, however, buy leg, breast, racks (OMG yummm) and ground. It is probably my f...

This was the first time I made Chef John's Irish Stew. I followed the recipe exactly. I thought it was really good, but wanted a friend of mine, who is a very good cook to have some and tell me ...

Absolutely delicious.. Couldn't have been happier with the way it turned out. I all-way like to made the recipe once as written, the way the chef did it. But I love it wend someone do the recipe...

Made this with pork stew meat. (Lamb wasn't available at the time). I made it in a crockpot, cooking it for about 6 hours. It turned out fantastic!

Been following Chef John/foodwishes(dot)com for YEARS, this stew is a staple in my home, we have it once a week in the cooler months. I'm making it for a date tonight, it's THAT GOOD and impossi...

Well, as it were Saint Paddy's day today, I thought I'd give this recipe a wee bit of a go. Honestly, I'd rate it 5 stars for the smell it gives off in the house alone. My husband kept saying "...

I used sweet potatoes instead of Dutch yellow. Best lamb stew EVER!!!

This was incredible! Made better by using local Ontario lamb.

I have never before attempted cooking lamb but when I ran across this recipe I had to try it. Two nights ago I made this exactly as directed except I used a whole small bag of baby carrots. Divi...