Medland Masterchef: Jamie Oliver’s Irish Stew

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Jamie Oliver’s Irish Stew

Serves: 4
Cooks In: 1H 55M
Difficulty: not too tricky


50g butter
8 lamb chump chops (or your preferred cut of lamb for slow cooking)
3 onions
2 carrots
2 large potatoes
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 fresh bay leaves
150g pearl barley


Preheat the oven to 180ºC
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat and brown the lamb chops, then remove to a plate.
Peel and finely slice the onions and carrots, then add to the pan and soften for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add a wineglass of water and deglaze the pan for 5 minutes.
Peel and slice the potato, then spread half in a layer in a large casserole dish and season well.
Add a layer of onion and carrot, the lamb chops, thyme and bay leaves, then season again.
Add the remaining onion and carrot and sprinkle the pearl barley on top. Layer over the remaining potato, the deglazed liquid and 500ml of water.
Cover and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the potato starts to crisp up, then serve.