Irish Country Stew

8 small lamb chops
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Parsley
Bay leaves
Peppercorns
Thyme
Rosemary
1 pound potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek (white), thinly sliced
12 small white onions
1 1/2 cups diced celery stalks
1 1/2 cups peas
Chopped fresh parsley

Season chops with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in saucepan wide enough to hold all chops in a single layer. Brown on both sides. Spoon off any melted fat and add enough water to cover chops. Bring to a boil and add parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary enclosed in cheesecloth. Lower heat and simmer.

Meanwhile, peel potatoes and shape into bite size rounds. Chop trimmings from potatoes into small pieces. Add potatoes, trimmings, cabbage, onion, well-rinsed leek, white onions and celery to chops and liquid. Simmer 20 minutes, then add peas. Add a little more water if needed during cooking. Simmer 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender.

Garnish with parsley and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

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