With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Irish Lamb Stew

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Irish Lamb Stew

Instead of our usual St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage, I made stew, brimming with leeks, carrots, parsnips and flavored with dill.
Thickened with cornstarch instead of flour, it is gluten-free.

Irish Lamb Stew
slightly adapted from: Reader's Digest, Like Grandma Used to Make

This simple lamb dish typically is called a white stew because the meat isn't browned before it is simmered

1 pound lean boneless lamb, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
4 cups lower sodium beef broth 
4 medium-size leeks, chopped or one large yellow onion chopped 
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
6-8 medium-size carrots, sliced 
4 medium-sized parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces 
1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup cornstarch (or all-purpose flour)

In a Dutch oven, combined lamb, the broth, leaks, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes.

Stir in carrots and parsnips. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes more or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in the dill weed.

In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup water and cornstarch, stir into meat mixture. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Cook and stir for two minutes more or until thickened. Discard Bay leaf; adjust seasonings, if desired.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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podso said...

My husband would love this--he enjoys lamb and rarely gets it. I had dinner last night with a young woman who had never tasted it. But we were at a Lebanese restaurant and she had it for the first time. (and liked it). My mom often served leg of lamb for Sunday dinners.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This looks delicious with those gorgeous big chunks of carrot. For some reason the carrots are always my favorite part of stew. I've never made a lamb stew but spring is the perfect time to try :)

lindsey said...

I love lamb but don't cook with it nearly enough.... This looks like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing

The Old Parsonage said...

This looks wonderful! I've never had lamb, not sure why but no one I know makes it easier.


Barbara F. said...

Comfort food at its best, Lorraine. I don't like lamb that much, but I would eat a bowl of this. xo

Jacqueline said...

This looks like the perfect dish for the cold we have had today! I love stews - they are so comforting and tasty!

Just a little something from Judy said...

How is it possible to make lamb stew look so irresistible? In fact, I find myself wanting some for breakfast right now:) I never tasted lamb stew, but after seeing this post, I am finding myself eager to try it. You are a skilled photographer and an amazing cook! That is a great combination in blogging!

Debbie said...

I have never cooked lamb, nor have I even tasted it. It looks SOOO good however. I might be able to do this...might give it a whirl. Enjoy your week-end!


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