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Hearty Winter Recipes

foodtalklogoIrish Stew

Enjoy a bowl of the Irish!  A hearty meal perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or
any winter night.


  • 3 pounds lean lamb
  • 1 pound onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, sliced
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned flour
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Peel and slice the vegetables. Make the seasoned flour in a large bowl: add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper to two tablespoons of plain flour and mix well. Toss cut up meat in flour and toss well.
  • In a large saucepan add a layer of meat to the bottom of the dish, then a layer of mixed vegetables. Keep layering until all the ingredients are used. Sprinkle the pearl barley on top of the meat and veggies and add about 2 pints of hot water, just covering the meat and veggies.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for about 2 hours. After about 30 minutes, remove the lid and skim off any scum that has floated to the top.
  • Re-cover and continue cooking until meat is tender. Serve with boiled cabbage or green beans and a pint of Guinness.


A healthy winter dish that looks and tastes great.


  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple stirred sugar
  • Fresh ginger about the size of a quarter (or 1/4 tsp. of ground ginger)
  • 4 cups shredded red cabbage (1 medium)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Sauté onion and apple in a little oil in a Dutch oven or frying pan until tender.
  • Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook until tender, about 1 hour. Serve hot or cold.