The Phaidon Nutri Blast – Traditional Lamb Stew

Stuck at home and stuck for something to cook? Then try this easy, hearty recipe from The Irish Cookbook

We think it's wise to keep both your strength and your spirts up while working from home right now. That’s why we’re sharing a series of easy, nutritious recipes from our latest and best cookbooks. If you missed out on this year's St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, then you might also feel an additional urge to cook this recipe from The Irish Cookbook. Traditional lamb stew - often referred to as Irish stew – is one of the best-known dishes that people associate with Ireland, says the book's author Jp McMahon.

Here’s what you need: 1–1.5 kg/2¼–3¼ lb lamb neck (shoulder), on the bone; 4 onions, sliced; a few sprigs of thyme; 10–12 potatoes, peeled and halved; sea salt; chopped parsley.

Put all the ingredients except the potatoes into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for one hour 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 30 minutes, or until the meat falls from the bone. Season to taste. 


The Irish Cookbook
The Irish Cookbook

For a more detailed version of this recipe, as well as much more besides, get a copy of The Irish Cookbook here. The book's 480 home-cooking recipes celebrate the range and quality of Ireland's bounty, from oysters and seaweed on its west coast to beef and lamb from its lush green pastures, to produce and forage from throughout the island. Presenting best-loved traditional dishes together with many lesser-known gems, this book vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality, and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle. And that's somthing all of us could do with more than ever right now. Take a look here.