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St. Patrick's Day Recipes: How to Make Irish Stew

Mar 17, 2015 09:57 AM EDT


St. Patrick's Day is an auspicious occasion for Irish people worldwide, which is celebrated in memory and honor of St. Patrick. The Irish people commemorate this day by arranging huge parades, special lunches and dinners, and displaying green decorations everywhere. Traditional Irish dishes are cooked such as corned cabbage, coffee, corned beef, soda bread, and shepherd's pie.

Here's a recipe for Irish stew, a traditional dish of the said country, that will make your mouth water and give you an authentic Irish celebration.

Irish Stew


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 medium onions
  • 900g stewing lamb, large chunks
  • 200g smoked streaky bacon, skinned and cut into chunks
  • 3 spring onions
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • small knob of butter
  • 3 spring onions,
  • small bunch thyme
  • 100g pearl barley
  • 850ml lamb stock


  • Pre-heat the oven at 150°C
  • Heat oil in a casserole 
  • Take bacon and make it sizzle for 4-5 minutes to make it crispy
  • Increase the heat and cook lamb for about 6 minutes.
  • Take out the meat from the pan and add sliced carrots, onion, and all the herbs, then cook these until they soften
  • Add the precooked meat, pearl barley, and lamb stock. Mix well and bring to simmer.
  • After boiling, add potatoes. Place these in the oven in watery condition for 1 ½ hours
  • When it is cooked, serve it with butter and spring onion
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