There's no dinner quite as comforting as a hearty Irish stew on a cold winter's night. In addition to all the usual suspects, this recipe from Kerrygold USA takes things to the next level, topping the stew with a layer of potatoes brushed with salted butty and browned to perfection in the oven. This recipe uses a shoulder of lamb but you can also use neck of lamb or gigot chops, which are slices of lamb taken through the leg so they include a small central bone, to make this stew. Simply ask your butcher to cut it into 1 ½in (4cm) slices for you. If you use these, the stew will be bony but the flavor will be fantastic.
4 tbsp plain flour
1 ½lb lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into chunks
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 onions, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
2 ½ cups (1 pint) chicken stock (from a stock cube is fine)
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 ½lb even-sized potatoes
3 tbsp (1 ½oz) Kerrygold Salted Butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4. Place the flour in a shallow dish and season generously, then use to coat the lamb. Arrange half of the lamb in the bottom of a round casserole dish and add a sprinkling of thyme. Scatter over the onion, followed by the carrots, then season to taste and add another sprinkling of thyme. Arrange the remaining lamb on top to cover the vegetables completely and sprinkle over the remaining thyme.
Pour enough chicken stock to just come up above the last layer of lamb. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Cover the casserole with a lid and place in the oven for about 1 hour until the lamb and vegetables are just tender and the stock has thickened slightly.
Place the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the potatoes lengthways into 1cm (½in) thick slices and lay them in a slightly overlapping layer on top of the stew.
Melt the butter in a small pan or in the microwave and brush over the potatoes. Season to taste and cook in the oven for another 40 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and nicely golden and the lamb stew is bubbling up around the edges of the dish. Serve straight to the table.
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