Chamchela's Old Irish Pot Stew

    3 hours

    In the galley, one-pot meals are simple and safe - especially when made in a pressure cooker. This is a brilliant solution when you've dropped anchor and are surrounded by friendly boaties just waiting for a newcomer to go visit ... and the aroma from your galley will have them rowing across in no time! Be diligent about shaking the pot, as below, to prevent sticking. Ingredients aren't always easy to come by in out-of-the-way sailing spots, so do this with whatever meat you can!


    Norfolk, England, UK
    14 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500 g onions
    • 1 kg lamb neck chops (or use any part of lamb or goat available)
    • 2 kg potatoes
    • 2 1/2 mugs water
    • 3 large bay leaves
    • salt and pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. Peel and thickly slice the onions. Peel and slice about a quarter of the potatoes, and peel and halve the rest.
    2. In a pressure cooker or other deep saucepan layer the ingredients as follows:
    3. Sliced potatoes, meat, halved potatoes, onions.
    4. Add the water, bay leaves, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover with a tight lid and simmer gently for about 2 1/2 hours, shaking the pan now and then to stop stew sticking to the bottom. (If using a pressure cooker, adjust the time accordingly and use low pressure.)
    5. The result should be a thick, creamy-textured, tasty Irish Stew.
    6. Enjoy with good company!


    This balance of meat, potato and onions gets the thickness of the stew just right. Don't add carrots or tomatoes; although the flavour is lovely, it's not an old-fashioned Irish Stew and it does change the consistency. Serve carrots as a side veg, and/or green beans, pumpkin, peas.


    To make the stew go further (for unexpected guests turning up, as they tend to when a yacht emits good food smells!) make rice to go alongside. If it's not used, turn it into rice pudding!

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    easy peasy..........I used 4.5ltr a slow cooker, and was a bit concerned about the amount of water in the recipe so used 3 cups but shouldnt have done as it was too runny and a bit bland....Gutted.............Next time I will only use 2 cups, I will definately make again  -  03 May 2012


    This is not a real Traditional Irish Stew Recipe. It may be a stew recipe but as an Irish Woman who has lived for almost 40 years in Ireland. I was taught by mother who had been making it for 48 years. This recipe is Not Traditionally Irish Stew. Traditional Irish Stew is not made with lamb, bay leaves or oil. The recipe above is a lamb stew not a Traditional Irish Stew which has mince balls, carrots or parsnips, potatoes, Onions,Beef or Vegetable OXO,just cover the ingredients with water. Everything in a pot on a high heat, bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Then serve. There is no lamb, herbs or spices in Traditional Irish Stew of course lamb is part of Traditional English Lamb Stew which is a slow cook recipe.  -  26 May 2015