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Gluten-free Irish stew recipe

Gluten-free Irish stew recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 15mins to prepare and 3-4hrs to cook
  • 315 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 750g (1½)lbs floury potatoes (Estima, King Edward, Maris Piper or Desiree), scrubbed and thickly sliced
  • 450g (1lb) lamb chops or shoulder meat off the bone
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • plenty of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced thickly (optional)
  • 2 turnips, scrubbed and sliced thickly
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1.5 litres (2½) pints water (or vegetable stock)
  • large handful fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
If you haven't got any Maris Pipers, try using King Edward potatoes

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    9g 13%
  • Saturates

    4g 18%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 29.1g Protein 26.2g Fibre 6.2g


  1. Put half of the potatoes in the bottom of a large heavy saucepan. Cover the potatoes with the lamb and season. Cover the lamb with the onions (and the other vegetables if you are using them) and the rest of the potatoes then add the rest of the seasoning.
  2. Add the thyme and the water (or stock). Bring slowly to the boil and skim off any scum that rises with a slotted spoon. Cover and simmer very gently for 3-4 hours. Allow to cool completely and then chill. Remove any excess fat from the top of the stew then reheat gently until piping hot. Adjust the seasoning to taste and add the chopped parsley.
  3. Serve a bowl of the thin, delicately flavoured stock first as soup, followed by ladlefuls of the meat and potatoes with more juices as ‘gravy'.

Cooks note

The classic Irish stew dates from the days when the Irish had very little to eat except potatoes and a few bones so if you want to get the really classic flavour, the ingredients list should be very short and the cooking time very long. However, as with all classic recipes, extra ingredients can be added at the discretion of the cook so I have given them as options.

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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