4 hour lamb stew

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4 hour lamb stew
4 hour lamb stew
A version using lamb shanks where the extra chorizo give it a little colour and piquancy.
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:436
Ready in:4 hours, 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:4 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:23rd June 2013
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Ingredients for 4, using lamb shanks instead of a leg of lamb and chorizo instead of bacon

This recipe idea came from a Jamie Oliver book, but as always, I can never find it when I want, so this is my recollection of the recipe.

It is a really simple dish to prepare, just throw everything, plus a bottle of white wine, into the biggest casserole pot you have and leave it to cook for 4 hours. You do need a big pot though!

If you enjoy your food spicy, try Lamb tangia, it's very similar to this recipe and I think it's even nicer.


Ingredients

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160° C (325° F - gas 3 - Moderately slow/Warm)
  2. If you are using a glass casserole dish, do the frying in a separate pan, otherwise..
  3. Add a few splashes of olive oil to a huge ovenproof pot or deep Roasting dish and brown the lamb all over
  4. Remove the lamb for the next stage
  5. Fry the onions, garlic and bacon and celery for 4 minutes
  6. Add a splash of white wine and deglaze the pan
  7. Add your lamb back (or move everything to your casserole dish)
  8. Add the remaining wine and an equal amount of water and all of the remaining ingredients
  9. Cover, with tin-foil if you are using a roasting tray
  10. Roast for 4 to 5 hours - I find 4 hours sufficient although we don't use a particularly large cut of meat
  11. Season the gravy to taste with salt and black pepper

Serving suggestions

Serve hot with crusty bread to soak up the delicious gravy

Variations

Use any vegetables you have knocking around at the time, just cut them (equally) on the large size, bearing in mind the time that it's cooking for. We have lots of winter squashes at the moment so I think I may use half a small butternut squash instead of the parsnips - not my favourite vegetables!

Chef's notes

Ensure that you use a dry white wine. I have made this with a medium/sweet wine and it was a little too sweet for my taste.

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