Traditional Irish Stew


  • 4 potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 carrots, sliced
  • 1 pound Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 3 pounds lamb chops, 1-inch thick, trimmed, and cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2½ cups water
  • 4 potatoes, halved
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. To make Irish stew, all the ingredients are assembled in layers in a large stew pot.
  2. Begin with layers of sliced potatoes, onions, and carrots.
  3. Top with a layer of Canadian bacon and lamb.
  4. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  5. Repeat these steps until all the ingredients are used.
  6. Add enough water to just cover the ingredients.
  7. Arrange the halved potatoes on top of the stew, but not in contact with the water, so they can steam as the rest is cooking.
  8. Simmer over a very low heat for about 2 hours.
  9. Sprinkle liberally with the chopped parsley and serve in soup bowls.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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