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A traditional meat stew, resembling Lancashire Hotpot - so a one pot meal. It was originally made with mutton or kid (no farmer would be so foolhardy as to use his lambs for it); but nowadays lamb chops or even chicken is more normal. Potatoes and carrots are essential, and many cooks include pearl barley. A good Irish stew should be thick and creamy, not swimming in juice like a soup. For a recipe, see our Recipe Section.