This crockpot Irish lamb stew recipe can be eaten by itself or made a little fancier and a little heartier by putting it into a bread bowl.
Additionally, many people tout the healthy benefits of eating what my old roommie used to call 'bone soup.' You have an option of making this soup into a bone soup if you so desire. Doing so will help your body reap the benefits of a healthier immune system and blood cells.
It'll be easier if you fry the bacon for this recipe in a separate pan before you add Irish lamb stew ingredients to the crock. You'll add the bacon plus the frozen peas a bit later in the process.
When cooking anything in a crockpot, make sure you plan ahead. The crockpot Irish lamb stew recipe can cook in the crock for up to ten hours, but taking that amount of time is worth it. Not only does it mean dinner will take a lot less time when you get home (if you plan right), but also that this lamb recipe will be tender and yummy.
- 2.5 lbs of lamb (opt for the shoulder or blade chops)
- 6 to 8 slices of bacon
- 2 lbs of potatoes
- 2 large quartered onions
- 2 large carrots, peeled
- 1 peeled turnip
- 10-oz of frozen peas
- 2 Tbsp of pearl barley, heaping (optional)
- 1 Tbsp chopped thyme (fresh or dry will work)
- Salt, pepper
- Garlic (fresh or powdered to taste)
- 1 qt lamb stock or water
- Trim off the fat from the lamb shoulder.
- Cut the carrots into 2-inch segments.
- Cut the turnip into 1-inch cubes.
- Fry the bacon until some of the fat has cooked out. Put the bacon aside on a paper towel to allow the fat to soak up. Once that's done, chop it into bacon bits and set aside. Save 2 tablespoons of fat and pour it into the stew along with the bacon bits.
- Brown the lamb in the bacon fat. Add the lamb and the bacon fat to the crockpot.
- Layer the rest of the ingredients on top of the lamb.
- Add salt, pepper and garlic to the stew.
- Pour in the stock. You can use water as a substitute.
- Add in the pearl barley about two hours before the stew is done. Put the bacon bits in as well.
- Thaw the frozen peas by putting them into a colander and running warm water over them. Drop them into the Irish lamb stew recipe about an hour before you're ready to serve it.
- You can cut the lamb into cubes. Save the bone to put into the crockpot when you assemble the ingredients.
- You can use tongs to take the bones out.
- This crockpot Irish lamb stew recipe makes a nice option for lunch on Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve.