I'm keen to start cooking more french meals and this one has ensured my family are right behind me. This one had them licking their bowls, I kid you not! I'm off to see Julie and Julia this week so I'm sure this isn't the last french dish you see from me!
Navarin of lamb is a farmhouse type lamb stew - but it's the actual sauce and the way it all comes together that makes is so delicious. Now I've made it once, I see it featuring monthly or so in our meal plan.
800grams diced lamb
1 cup plain flour
2 tb olive oil
2 sticks celery, sliced diagonally
2 onions, diced
10-12 baby carrots or 3 large carrots, cut into chunks
10 baby chat potatoes, halved
6 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh continental parsley
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup tomato paste
Peel carrots, cut all ingredients as directed (don't you love our carrots from the vegetable garden?!)
With 1/3 cup of flour a good slug of salt and pepper, pour into a ziplock or freezer bag, put lamb in with it, and toss until covered.
In a baking tray or dutch oven (I've used corningware dish) heat oil until hot over a hub on stove. Shake off excess flour off lamb and brown in oil.
Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.
Then add onions, carrots, celery and potatoes, turn until onions are softened
Add thyme and parsley, toss until well combined.
Add remainder of flour, toss until well combined.
Add stock, wine and tomato paste
Put lid on, or foil to cover and into the oven at 180 degrees c for 1 hour 20 hours
Serve with green beans or rice
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