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Slow Cooked Irish Stew Recipe

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Here is a lovely slow cooked stew using scrag of lamb (lamb neck). It is a cut that is well marbled with fat - with the long slow cook melts the fat through the meat, resulting in it becoming super tender. This recipe serves 4 with leftovers.

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  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 200g smoked streaky bacon, preferably in one piece, cut into chunks

  • 900g scrag of lamb, cut into large chunks

  • small bunch thyme

  • 3 onions, thickly sliced

  • 5 carrots, cut into thick rounds

  • 6 medium potatoes, cut into big chunks

  • 700ml lamb stock

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 large leek, washed and cut into chunks


  • Get your slow cooker out and ready! Then get a frying pan on the hob to a medium heat, fry off the bacon chunks until crisp, tip into the slow-cooker pot, then brown the chunks of lamb in the pan. Transfer to the slow-cooker and add the thyme, onions, carrots, potatoes, stock, bay leaves, leek and enough water to cover the lamb. Place the lid and put onto an auto cook for 8 hours.

  • Serve - We like to have some crusty bread to mop up the juices!

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