Thursday, November 6, 2014

Irish Lamb Stew

{Disclaimer: We received free samples of lamb mentioned in this post from Mountain States Rosen and were compensated for our time. Opinions expressed are our own.}

This past August, Lisa married the man of her dreams, Elie, and their wedding guests experienced a meal that, until then, we had only dreamed about. The menu — with lamb porchetta in the starring role — was nothing short of spectacular — even Seattle Magazine here, considered it feature worthy.

lamb porchetta

lamb porchetta took the starring role in Lisa's wedding menu

Ever since that lamb-sharing moment on August 24th, lamb will forever be symbolic of celebration and joy in the world of Nourish RDs.  It confirmed that lamb is incomparable and appreciated by food-lovers everywhere.  When we learned of the pure, delicious virtues of Shepherd’s Pride American Lamb, we were inspired to create our own “every day is a celebration” lamb dish.

ingredients for Irish Lamb Stew

As with most things, Lisa and I are proponents of quality over quantity. We often tell our clients, friends, and family that when it comes to choosing animal protein, quality is so important. That’s why we love working with brands and farmers that support sustainable agriculture, such as Mountain States Rosen.
Shepard's Pride Lamb

MSR is the only lamb company in the U.S. to receive the top-rated food safety and quality certification administered by international 3rd-party auditors, the Safe Quality Food Institute. Their ranchers are committed to delivering a supply of the highest quality breeds that adhere to exceptional standards. Shepherd’s Pride Lamb never has any antibiotics, added hormones or artificial additives in this product. Mountain States Rosen is also committed to having a genuine focus on animal care – something that is particularly important to us. It is the only “Where Food Comes From” source-verified lamb in the U.S.   “Where Food Comes From” is a trusted, third-party that verifies the source of origin of all Shepherd’s Pride lambs, bringing traceability and transparency to the consumer.

Nutritionally speaking, lamb is a smart choice as it is naturally lean. Compared to other meats, it has very little fat marbling throughout the meat, so any excess fat can be easily trimmed without sacrificing the juicy, one-of-a-kind delicious taste. A 3-ounce serving of lamb, on average, has 175 calories and six grams of fat, and has more than five times the amount of omega 3s than the same portion of beef.
Shepard's Pride Lamb

The recipe for this lamb stew is the right combination of celebration and comfort. Lamb is the perfect candidate for slow cooking as it helps to remove any trepidation that may come from lack of experience with cooking lamb. It makes a hearty portion so be sure to freeze the leftovers. That way, you can have a special, nourishing meal at your fingertips….even on nights when you’re not in the mood to cook! 

Click here to find out where you can get Mountain States Rosen lamb near you.

spices & seasonings

Irish Lamb Stew

This recipe imparts an irresistible warming aroma and melt-in-your-mouth product. It’s not just any stew. Its stew made with Shepherd’s Pride Lamb – and American lamb is very special.

Irish Lamb Stew

Makes 6 - 8 servings

3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ pounds Shepherd’s Pride boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, coarsely diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups carrots, thickly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 - 15 ounce can of stout beer
1 cup dried cherries
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place flour, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.  Add the lamb pieces and toss in the flour, lightly coating all of the pieces. 
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven (or oven-proof pot) over medium heat.  Add the olive oil.  When the olive oil is hot, add as much lamb as will fit along the bottom of the pot in a single layer.  Brown the lamb pieces on all sides. Repeat with remaining lamb. Once all of the lamb is cooked, remove from the pot and place in bowl. Set aside.
  4. If the bottom of the pot is dry, add a little more olive oil.  Then add the onion and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add carrots and garlic, cooking for another few minutes.
  6. Add the tomato paste to the pot, letting it brown and stick to the bottom of the pot a bit. 
  7. Pour the beer into the pot, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  8. Add the dried cherries, bay leaf, thyme and reserved lamb (and any juices from the lamb) to the pot. Pour water into pot until the lamb and vegetables are just barely covered. 
  9. Place the pot in the oven, covered, for one hour. 
  10. After one hour, add the sweet potatoes to the pot, stirring to cover the sweet potatoes.  Continue to cook the stew for another 2 hours, uncovered, or until the lamb is very tender and the broth has thickened into a deep, rich color.
Irish Lamb Stew

Enjoy, preferably with those you love!

Irish Lamb Stew

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  1. Admittedly, I don't eat meat all that much but that lamb from Lisa's wedding and this stew recipe (esp. on this cold rainy day) is sure looking good.

    1. Thanks Deanna! We're in love with one pot, slow cook meals during this time of year!

  2. It has only been from the blog brulee that I discovered Cedar Springs Lamb. Since then, I am happy to say, my local Harris Teeter has started to carry it! Your Irish stew recipe looks like a fabulous way to prepare this shoulder cut of meat for falling-off-the-bone-tenderness. Pinning!

    1. Thanks so much Diane! Isn't it great when you find a product you love so close to home? Blog Brûlée sure did introduce us to so many great people, products & ideas! Hope to see you again soon :)

  3. Oh my goodness this looks heavenly! And that wedding looked beautiful! Lisa, you were a gorgeous bride and I loved the farmers market at your wedding!! What a fabulous way to celebrate :)

    1. Thanks so much, Meme! Lisa was so beautiful and the wedding was such an amazing day! I'm still dreaming about the farmer's market spread :)