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Slow Cooker Irish Stew with Guinness

Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Tender lamb with savory vegetables slow-cooked with Irish Guinness stout ale make a comforting meal  chock full of luck and love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb cubed
  • 1 pound boiler onions or pearl onions peeled and left whole
  • 1 whole garlic peeled and cloves separated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried snipped chives
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound celery root trimmed and chopped
  • 8 ounces parsnips chopped
  • 8 ounces turnips chopped
  • 8 ounces carrots chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet optional
  • 16 fluid ounces Guinness stout ale


  • Trim visible fat from lamb, pat completely dry and cut into chunks. 
  • Place the fat trimmings into a large skillet and cook until fat renders out, then discard the solids.
  • Add lamb, onions and garlic to the pan along with thyme, chives, salt and pepper and saute until onions are browned and lamb is seared. Toss mixture with the 1/4 cup flour.
  • Place vegetables in the bottom of a large crock pot.
  • Place floured lamb and onions on top of that.
  • Pour stock and Guinness stout over all.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until vegetables and lamb are tender.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword crock pot, crockpot, Guinness, Irish stew, lamb, slow cooker, stew