Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables
From Seward Coop
Serves: 8 to 10

1/2 cup olive oil
3 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1 1/2 -inch cubes
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups dry red wine
2 large onions, diced
4 celery ribs, diced
1 cup garlic, minced
6 medium-size new potatoes cut into eighths
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups water
2 bay leaves
2 cups spring vegetables, such as baby carrots, zucchini, and patty pan squash, blanched and halved*
2 tablespoons  chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons  chopped fresh rosemary
Garnishes: fresh chopped parsley, grated lemon zest

Heat oil in a large stainless Dutch oven. Coat lamb cubes with salt, pepper, and flour. Brown in hot oil, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Remove lamb from pan, and drain any excess oil. Add red wine, scraping bottom of pan to loosen up bits of browned meat. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Add lamb back to the pan with the cooked vegetables.

Add potatoes and next 3 ingredients; stir and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add blanched vegetables, thyme, and rosemary; stir and let simmer 30 more minutes. Garnish, if desired.

*To blanch, plunge vegetables briefly into boiling water, then into cold water to stop the cooking process.


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