Parsnips aren't traditional and are optional in this recipe, but I like the flavour they add. If you use a tougher cut of meat, you can leave it to simmer longer before adding the potatoes. This is fantastic on a cold, blustery day or served with a pint or two of the black stuff on St Patrick's Day.
I made this today, and left it to cook in my slow cooker for the afternoon. It was very nice indeed, and smelled gorgeous as it cooked throughout the day! I added a couple of tablespoons of flour to thicken up the sauce. Lovely - 27 Sep 2011
To be honest.. this recipe is so tasty, I'd advise making double the amount for four as requests for second helpings are guaranteed! - 06 Feb 2009
I love this recipe so much. The parsnips made the flavor delicious. A welcome addition to a hearty stew. - 03 Apr 2012