Tender lamb, with carrots, pearl onion, peas and potatoes slow braised in Irish stout. Better than green beer on St. Patty’s Day! —garlic and zest
leek, rinsed, sliced lengthwise then crosswise into 1/2" pieces
stalk celery, diced
medium onion, diced
slices bacon, chopped
lamb from a leg of lamb, chunked into 1" pieces, excess fat and silver skin trimmed
parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
small red skinned potatoes, quartered
1 1/2 cups
14 ounce can irish stout beer, such as Guinness
teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
frozen pearl onions
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large dutch oven, brown the chopped bacon over medium high heat. Transfer crisped bacon to a paper towel lined dish. Set aside.
In two or three batches, brown lamb in dutch oven, using bacon fat to sear the meat. Use tongs to turn the chunks of lamb over and brown all sides.
Add all the lamb back to the pot and stir in the leeks, celery and onion. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add the chunks of parsnips, carrots and potatoes.
Knot a piece of string around the thyme and rosemary and add to the pot. Add bay leaves, broth and stout. Heat just to boiling, place the lid tightly on the pot and transfer to the oven. Braise for 2 1/2 hours.
Remove pot from the oven and stir in the cornstarch and water mixture to thicken sauce slightly. Add the peas and pearl onions, stir to combine and place the lid back on the pot to warm them through. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and reserved bacon.