Photo by: Colin Campbell

'Irish' stew

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300g whole wheat, soaked overnight in water
2kg lamb loin chops, boned, trimmed and cut into 3cm cubes
Salt and black pepper
120ml olive oil
24 shallots, skinned but left whole
4 large carrots, cut into 2.5cm x 5cm batons
2 turnips, peeled and cut into 3cm wedges
1 celeriac, peeled and cut into 2.5cm x 5cm batons
350g baby charlotte potatoes, halved
150ml white wine
1 tsp caster sugar
4 sprigs of fresh thyme, 4 of oregano and 2 of parsley, tied with string, plus extra parsley to serve
450ml chicken stock

For the paste:
2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
30g parsley, chopped
1½ tsp grated orange zest
60ml olive oil

Serves six to eight.

Method

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Drain and rinse the soaked wheat, put it in a medium pan with lots of water, bring to a boil and simmer for an hour, until cooked. Drain and set aside.

Season the lamb with a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Put one tablespoon of oil in a large, deep sauté pan for which you have a lid; place on a medium-high heat. Add some of the lamb – don't overcrowd the pan – and sear for four minutes on all sides. Transfer to a bowl, and repeat with the remaining lamb, adding oil as needed.

Lower the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the shallots and fry for four minutes, until caramelised. Tip these into the lamb bowl, and repeat with the remaining vegetables until they are all nice and brown, adding more oil as you need it.

Once all the vegetables are seared and removed from the pan, add the wine along with the sugar, herbs, a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Boil on a high heat for about three minutes.

Tip the lamb, vegetables and whole wheat back into the pot, and add the stock. Cover and boil for five minutes, then transfer to the oven for an hour and a half.

Meanwhile, make the paste. Put all the ingredients in a food processor with a pinch of salt and work to a rough paste.

Remove the stew from the oven and check the liquid; if there is a lot, remove the lid and boil for a few minutes. Divide between plates, drizzle over the paste, scatter on the parsley and serve.

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  • Meat Disappointing & costly
    (22/11/2015) I love most ottolenghi recipes but this one just did not hit the spot. I followed the recipe to the letter but was disappointed with the result. The cut of meat is very expensive - especially for a stew. It would make sense to have a cheaper cut and cook for longer. The sauce at the end makes a huge difference but not enough in my opinion.

    REPLY "Sorry to hear you didn't like the stew. The stew could definitely be made with a cheaper cut of lamb and perhaps increase the salsa that gets added at the end"