Irish stew (Irish: stobhach / stobhach Gaelach) is a traditional stew made from lamb, or mutton, (mutton is used as it comes from less tender sheep over a year old and is fattier and has a stronger flavour) as well as potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley. Lately, other ingredients like leek, cabbage, bay leaf, celery, thyme, parsnip and/or rosemary. First the ingredients are fried in some oil, then some broth is added and the meat and vegetables are cooked in an oven. The Irish stew is very popular and well known.
In popular culture
- Irish stew appears in a famous sequence in the novel Three Men in a Boat, in which the narrator humorously claims that "Irish stew" consists of whatever leftovers one can find.
- In the Irish drinking song "Johnny McEldoo", Irish stew is one of the first things the title character consumes on his eating spree.
- In the sixth verse of Tom Lehrer's mock Irish ballad "Rickett Ticketty Tin" the featured "maid" serves her infant sibling as an Irish stew to the neighbours on a whim of boredom.
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