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Celebrate St. Pat's with traditional lamb stew

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  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a boldly flavored bowl of lamb stew with potatoes, onions and carrots.

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a boldly flavored bowl of lamb stew with potatoes, onions and carrots.
    Associated Press

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a boldly flavored bowl of lamb stew with potatoes, onions and carrots.

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a boldly flavored bowl of lamb stew with potatoes, onions and carrots.
    Associated Press

 
By Alison Ladman
For Associated Press

If you're a purist, Irish stew is one of the easiest dishes to make for St. Patrick's Day. That's because according to culinary lore, the only ingredients are lamb, potatoes, onions and water.

Supposedly, adding anything else clouds the true flavors of the stew. And if you're really going to stay true to tradition, all you're allowed to do is dump those ingredients in a pot (preferably over an open fire) and walk away for the day.

The good news is that making a far more flavorful version of this stew isn't all that difficult, and your efforts are rewarded with a rich, brothy meal with layers of flavor that complement rather than compete with the core ingredients.

And no open fire or all-day simmering needed.

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