Bing's Lamb StewFoodista
1 kilogram lamb leg (cut into portions, I used ready cut lamb knuckles)
4 large carrots
3 onions (large)
2 cups mushrooms (cut into chunks)
1 cup plain flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (finely)
2 cups red wine
3 cups water
2 mutton (or chicken stock cubes)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar (basalmic)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 sprig rosemary
2 bay leaves
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1Preheat an oven to 150°C.
2Lightly peel 3 to 4 large carrots and cut into large chunks.
3Peel and cut 3 large onions into large chunks.
4Wash 1 kg of lamb leg pieces. I used lamb knuckles and this shot was for 1.5kg as I was cooking for a dinner party.
5Add 1/2 cup of plain flour to the lamb and mix evenly until all lamb pieces are well coated with flour and dry.
6Here’s what the lamb should look like after mixing with the flour.
7Heat a deep Dutch oven or oven proof pot. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot.
8Brown the meat in 2 to 3 batches. About 2 minutes each side.Do not add all the meat at once. If the pot is overcrowded, the meat won’t brown.
9Set aside the browned meat and repeat with batch two and three (if necessary).
10In the same pot, add the carrots and onions. Stir fry for a few minutes till onions begin to get slight toasted.
11Add 1 teaspoon of minced ginger.
12Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
13Stir fry for a minute and then add the lamb back to the pot. Juices and all.
14Add 2 glasses of red wine. Using a spatula, scrap the sides of a pan to release the meat juices.
15Add 2 to 3 cups of water. Ensure that all ingredients in the pot are just nicely submerged in the liquids.
16Add the mutton/chicken stock cubes. Add one first and the other one when we taste. Every brand of stock cubes is different and it’s always easier to go with a lighter hand in the beginning. I used mutton stock here and like to crumble the stock cubes into the liquids instead of throwing the entire piece in.
17Add 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric.
18Add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin.
19Add 1 stick of cinnamon stick.
20Add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce.
21Add 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce.
22Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
23Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
24Add a couple of sprigs of rosemary.
25Add a couple of bay leaves.
26Mix everything together and bring the stew to a soft rolling boil. Place the lid on the pot and place the pot in a 150°C oven for 1.5 hours.
27Remove the pot from the oven and give the stew a good stir.
28Add the mushrooms. Stir well to combine.
29Place the lid back on and return the pot to the oven for another 1/2 hour.
30After that 1/2 hour, remove the lid and let the stew simmer uncovered for another 15mins.
31The lamb should be very tender by now. Strain the lamb, carrots and onions into a serving dish.
32This is the time to taste the sauce. If it’s too salty, add some balsamic vinegar and sugar to balance it. If it’s too flat, crumble 1/2 or 1 more stock cube into the sauce. If you prefer a darker sauce, add more dark soy sauce.
33Season the sauce with black pepper.
34Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of flour a little at a time.
35Whisk well to combine. This will thicken the sauce. Add just enough flour to obtain a silky creamy sauce.Don’t sweat the lumps. I get those all the time. We’ll be draining the sauce in the next step.
36Strain the sauce into the dish of meat.
37Garnish with chopped parsley and mint.
PER SERVING *
|Calories670Calories from Fat140|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat140|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.