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Supper Club: The perfect Paddy’s Day stew
Created by Andy McFadden of Glovers Alley, this hearty stew recipe is just the thing to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
Andy McFadden’s hearty St Patrick’s Day stew recipe
- 3 middle necks of lamb, filleted and boned, you need to end up with 950g pure meat
- 650g floury potatoes, such as king Edwards
- 650g waxy potato such as desiree
- 1kg carrots
- 2 onions
- ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
- Chopped fresh chives and parsley, to garnish
For the stock
- Bones from the lamb
- 1 large carrot, quartered
- 1 onion, quartered
- ½ celery stick, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 large sprigs of thyme
- A generous sprig of parsley
- 6 black peppercorns, lightly crushed
- To make the stock, put the lamb bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with the carrot, onion, celery, herbs, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 litres of water, bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours.
- Strain the stock through a fine sieve to remove bones and vegetables, then return to the pan. Boil until reduced to about 1.3 litres. (You can make the stock the day before – keep it in a covered container in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.)
- To make the stew, cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into pieces of similar size to the meat. Put the two different types in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings.
- Put the lamb in a large, clean saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off all the impurities from the surface. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep in the fridge).
- Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
You can find Glover’s Alley at 28 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (at The Fitzwilliam Hotel)