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IRISH STEW – Make it yourself

Irish Stew
Irish Stew by jeffreyw. CC by SA 2.0

Have you ever heard of Irish Stew? If you’ve been to the Emerald Isle you should have, with this popular dish widely regarded as Irelands national dish.

The story

From the beginning, the Irish raised sheep and planted edible roots to support themselves. Sheep could not only provide wool for the production of winter clothing, but also milk to drink or make cheese and also serve as food, of course. Between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th, potatoes were the primary and most relevant crop, being also one of the ingredients of Irish Stew.

Some of the ingredients used in this dish are: goat or sheep, potatoes, white cabbage, leeks, carrots and celery. Nowadays some people like to add Guinness or Whiskey. This is a very popular meal around the world. This same dish in Northern Ireland is made with beef, while in the United States the Americans have adapted it with some local ingredients, for example not using sheep meat.

Once you understand more about this Irish dish, it’s time to cook!


  • 1 kg of lamb meat
  • 5 chopped onions
  • 800 grams of potato
  • 250 ml of water
  • sliced ​​parsley and thyme
  • Salt and pepper

If you want, you can add other ingredients from those mentioned above. This is at the discretion of whoever makes the recipe.

Method of preparation:

  1. Clean the meat and cut it into medium cubes
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into slices
  3. cut the onions into slices
  4. Place interspersed layers between meat and potatoes with onions in a pan
  5. Leave the last layer for the potatoes
  6. Place the water
  7. Let it boil
  8. Let it cook for about 2 hours
  9. Watch while cooking and add more water if needed
  10. When everything is cooked remove from heat
  11. And now just taste!

This delicious dish pleases the palates of many people from different countries, with adaptations or not, it is always good to remember that its roots are from Ireland and the country is proud of it. A big advantage is that all the ingredients are easy to find in Brazil too, so if you want to do it to kill the longing for Irish food or even to try it, access to the items is very easy.

Author: Gabriela

I am passionate about learning regarding other cultures, traveling, experiencing and of course also sharing with other people. I love writing, creating, I am a language teacher and I also spread more about Brazilian culture around the world.
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