Rosemary & Red Wine Lamb Stew
Tender, marbled chunks of lamb make their home in a savory gravy enriched with onions, celery, and rosemary. The nontraditional Irish stew ingredients of garlic and tomato give the dish body, and the dry red wine brings it all home. Pinot Noir and lamb were made for each other as this stew shows!
¼ c. olive oil
3 lbs. boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat, meat cut into 1½ to 2-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1½ c. dry red wine
3½ c. chicken stock
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
1 T. tomato paste
18 small boiler onions
2 c. sliced crimini mushrooms
12 small red-skinned potatoes, halved
2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 t. minced fresh rosemary
Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the lamb with salt, pepper and rosemary. Add the lamb to the pot and cook until brown, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the lamb to a bowl. Pour off the excess oil. Add the garlic to the same pot and sauté over medium heat until tender and fragrant, about 1 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 5 minutes. 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 1 hour.
Meanwhile, cook the onions in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and cool. Peel the onions and cut off the root ends. Add the onions, potatoes, mushrooms 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.
Enjoy with a glass of your favorite Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir.