Irish Lamb and Turnip Stew


Chef April Bloomfield finishes this simple stew with lots of fresh parsley and mint. Slideshow:  More Hearty Stew Recipes 

Irish Lamb and Turnip Stew
Parsley and mint add fresh flavor to this simple stew. Photo: © Christina Holmes
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the roux

  • 3 1/2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 small yellow onions, quartered

  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 3 small turnips, peeled and quartered

  • 1/2 pound medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 8 fingerling potatoes (3/4 pound)

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

  • Chopped parsley and mint, for garnish

  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the 3 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Working in 3 batches, cook the lamb over moderate heat until browned all over, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large plate. Add the onions to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to the plate.

  2. Remove the casserole from the heat and add enough oil to make 6 tablespoons of fat. Whisk in the flour, then return the casserole to the heat. Add the wine and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, scraping the bottom of the casserole. Stir in 4 cups of water along with the stock and whisk until smooth and simmering, then add the lamb and onion mixture and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  3. Add the turnips, carrots and potatoes to the casserole and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream; season with salt and pepper. Ladle the stew into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and mint. Serve with crusty bread.

Make Ahead

The stew can be refrigerated for 3 days.

Suggested Pairing

Earthy, spicy Côtes du Rhône.

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