Cooking With Wine

Irish Lamb Stew
Featuring SONOMA DRY CREEK VALLEY CHARDONNAY

There's nothing quite like a hearty, fragrant stew to warm your soul on a chilly Autumn eve. This slow-cooked, tender stew is sure to hit the spot.

Recipe:
3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 pound bacon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups beef stock
2 cups 1" diced carrots
2 cups 1" diced potatoes
1 large onion, diced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Cook the bacon until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside. Be sure to save 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat to cook the lamb.

Place the flour with a little salt and pepper in large mixing bowl. Add the lamb to the flour and toss to coat meat evenly. Brown the lamb in the bacon fat until the lamb is brown on all sides. Remove the lamb from the pot and set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and saute about 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 5 minutes. Add the wine to the pan and turn the heat to high. Scrape up all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the beef stock, lamb, bacon, rosemary and thyme, bay leaves reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add the carrots and potatoes, and simmer covered for 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.

Serves 4-6.

 

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