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Traditional Irish Stew Recipe
This is a recipe for a traditional Irish stew. It is probably the oldest and certainly the most famous of Irelands Recipes. Traditionally it was made with lamb but is now regularly made with beef. I suppose it is all to do with personal taste, but for the authentic taste-LAMB.
2 large onions, peeled and diced
1&1/2 lbs neck of lamb (best end), cut into cutlets and trimmed (get your butcher to advise/do this)
1lb potatoes peeled & sliced
2 tablespoons parsley (fresh and chopped)
1 Teaspoon thyme (chopped and mixed in with parsley)
Seasoning (salt & pepper)
water - between 1/2 to 3/4 pint
Ale-again some recipes will add some ale. Note this is a recipe NOT an alcoholic drink. Use the Ale to TASTE.
Preheat oven to 325F. In a casserole dish, layer the lamb, onions and potatoes. Between each layer, sprinkle a little of the herbs and seasoning. Try to finish with a layer of potatoes. Pour the water into the dish and add the Ale (if it is to your taste).
In order to achieve the crispy potatoe topping, place a buttered greaseproof paper sheet on top of the casserole. Then place in oven and cook for 2- 2&1/2 hours.
This dish should serve 4 people and traditionally would be served with pickled red cabbage or carrots.
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