Traditional Irish stew

Traditional Irish stew

Irish Stew Recipe

8 Mins
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 200g Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 900g Stewing Lamb (middle neck or scrag)
  • Thyme (small bunch)
  • 3 Onions (thickly sliced)
  • 5 Carrots (cut into big chunks)
  • 6 Medium Potatoes (cut into big chunks)
  • 700ml Lamb Stock
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 85g Pearl Barley
  • 1 Large Leek


Switch your slow cooker to its highest setting and turn on. Cook the bacon in the oil until crisp and tip the contents into the slow-cooker pot, then brown the chunks of lamb in the pan.


Transfer the lamb to the slow-cooker pot along with the thyme, onions, carrots, potatoes, stock, bay leaves and enough water to cover the lamb. Cover and cook on low for 7 hrs.


Stir in the pearl barley and leek, and continue to cook on high for 1 hr more until the pearl barley is tender.


Season and serve scooped straight from the dish.

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