O’Brien Irish Stew


  • 2 pounds boneless lamb for stew (may substitute beef, i.e., boneless chuck roast)
  • 2 large onions, peeled, thickly chopped
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled if desired and cut into big chunks (small new potatoes are an excellent option)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped, leaves included
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 turnip, diced
  • 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • I bay leaf
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cut lamb or beef into 1-inch cubes, removing large pieces of fat. Layer vegetables and meat in a 2 1/2 quart, lightly greased casserole or Dutch oven, beginning and ending with vegetables. (See comments above for slow cooker adaptation.) Add some of the salt and pepper to each layer. Add the chicken broth and bay leaf; cover tightly.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours. Stir and sprinkle with parsley. Remove bay leaf and check for seasoning before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.

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