Leslie's Irish Stew


While touring Ireland, our family ordered Irish stew at most of the many pubs and restaurants we ate at in order to determine what features we liked best in an Irish stew. This recipe is my attempt to recreate the flavor we preferred. The broth is made the day ahead and I like to use the slow cooker, but the recipe could be adapted for the oven or stovetop.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 14 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
17 hrs 29 mins
10 servings



  • 1 ½ quarts water

  • 1 pound lamb shoulder blade chops

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • 1 large onion, quartered

  • 3 stalks celery, quartered

  • 1 bunch parsley sprigs

  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 4 whole allspice berries

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 bay leaves, divided


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon dried savory

  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash®)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 pounds butterflied leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into cubes

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed

  • 3 rutabagas, diced

  • 4 potatoes, diced

  • ½ small head cabbage, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots

  • 4 small onions, chopped

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash®)


  1. Combine water, lamb chops, stout beer, large onion, celery, parsley sprigs, 5 sprigs thyme, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, allspice, black pepper, and 3 bay leaves in a slow cooker to make broth.

  2. Cook on High until flavors combine, about 4 hours. Let cool, at least 30 minutes. Place lamb chops in a resealable plastic bag. Strain broth into a bowl; discard solids. Refrigerate lamb chops and broth, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Combine flour, savory, 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning, salt, and pepper in a brown paper bag. Add cubed lamb; shake until coated.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 cubed lamb; cook until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining olive oil and cubed lamb. Transfer browned lamb to the slow cooker.

  5. Skim fat off the chilled broth and pour into the slow cooker. Trim and bone lamb chops; dice lamb meat and add to the slow cooker. Stir in remaining 5 sprigs thyme and bay leaf, rutabagas, potatoes, cabbage, baby carrots, and small onions.

  6. Cook on High until lamb is tender, about 4 hours. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Stir in leek, chopped parsley, and 1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning. Cook until flavors combine, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

You can also cook on Medium for 6 hours or Low for 8 to 10 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
16g Fat
53g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 75mg 375%
Calcium 158mg 12%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1407mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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