Greek Lamb Stew
Member recipe by bishopan
This rich stew has all the flavours of the Mediterranean. Garlic, wine, rosemary, olives. It is made using a shoulder of lamb, the best cut for slow cooking as the meat becomes meltingly tender. Adding small pasta shapes near the end adds body and soaks up the juicesÃÂ and is very Greek. A great and impressive make ahead dinner party dish. A real winner!
- 2-2.5kg English boneless shoulder of lamb (from the meat service counter)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 red chilli
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 400ml white wine
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 3 tbsp Sliced Black Olives
- 2 Vermicelli Nests (dried pasta) or 125g linguine, broken into small pieces
- 200g feta cheese
- 20g pack fresh mint
- Preheat the oven to 150°C, gas mark 2. Cut the meat into 6cm pieces.
- Heat a large lidded flameproof casserole dish and add a tablespoon of oil. Brown the meat all over in batches, then remove and set aside.
- Add the remaining oil to the dish, stir in the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften. Leaving the top intact, split the chilli along its length, this adds flavour to the stew without too much heat. Stir in the chilli, sliced garlic and rosemary, and increase the heat. Pour in the wine and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and reduce the heat.
- Return the lamb and juices to the dish, stir through the black olives and bring to a simmer. Season, then cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the lamb is really tender.
- Remove the chilli and rosemary, and discard. Set the stew aside to cool.
- To Serve, bring the stew to a simmer on the hob. Add the pasta (make sure its broken into small pieces otherwise it will stick together in lumps) and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender, and the lamb is thoroughly heated. Ladle the stew onto plates and serve scattered with the feta and mint sprigs.
- Delicious with a fennel and orange salad