24 July 2012

Irish Stew

Continuing our Real Food Challenge, this stew is just delicious, but it's even better the next day on toast.

1.25kg lamb chops, fat trimmed
1/2 cup plain flour
3 brown onions, chopped
1kg potatoes, peeled, thickly sliced
2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced into rounds
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp cold water
3 cups beef stock, boiling
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 130 degrees Celsius.  Cut chops in half. Place flour in a plastic bag and season with salt and pepper. Place chops in bag and shake well to coat. Transfer chops to a plate. Reserve flour. Place onions, potatoes and carrots in an ovenproof dish.  Top with half the chops. Repeat layers with remaining onions, potatoes, carrots and chops. Whisk reserved flour, tomato paste and 2 tablespoons cold water in a large jug until well combined.  Slowly add boiling stock, whisking constantly.  Add parsley.  Pour flour mixture over chops. Cover and cook for 4 hours or until meat is tender and gravy has thickened.


  1. I am a very new Cheapskates member & am still getting the hang of thinking like a Cheapskater, so please bear with me - I wonder how this recipe would go in the slow cooker? We have a 90cm oven - great for cooking large dishes/batches of items but perhaps not the most economical on electricity for smaller quanities, so I'm wondering if the slow cooker would be a viable (and maybe more economical) cooking method for us?

  2. It would be fine in the slow cooker, adjust the time according to your unit - newer slow cookers cook much faster than the older models.

  3. I would never waste 4 hrs of electricity cooking a stew in an oven. I cook the same meal in my pressure cooker for a total time of less than 20 mins.

    1. You should consider yourself blessed to have a pressure cooker, not everyone does. They are an expensive piece of equipment, and again, not everyone can afford one or justify the expense, every situation is different. Then there are the cooks who simply don't like pressure cookers.

      Using your oven to cook and bake isn't a waste of electricity (or gas) if it is used properly and efficiently.


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