Lamb stew with cipolline onions and potatoes

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time110 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
60ml olive oil
1.5kg boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat and sinew, meat cut into 7.5 to 10cm pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsps plain flour
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
375ml dry red wine
875ml beef broth
450g tinned diced tomatoes with juices
1 tbsp tomato puree
18 small cipolline onions
12 small red-skinned potatoes, halved
2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 2.5cm pieces
1) Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper. Toss the lamb with the flour in a large bowl to coat. Working in two batches, add the lamb to the pot and cook until brown, about ten minutes.

2) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the lamb to a bowl. Pour off the excess oil. Add the garlic to the same pot and saute over medium heat until tender and fragrant, about one minute. Add the wine and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, about five minutes.

3) Return the lamb to the pot. Stir in the broth, tomatoes with their juices, and tomato paste. Cover partially and simmer over medium-low until the lamb is just tender, stirring occasionally, about one hour.

4) Meanwhile, cook the onions in a medium saucepan of boiling water for two minutes. Drain and cool. Peel the onions and cut off the root ends.

5) Add the onions, potatoes, and carrots to the stew. Simmer until the lamb and vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes longer. Season the stew, to taste, with salt and pepper.

6) Serve hot.

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