There's only one sensible response to (yet another) miserable British winter's day: warming, comforting food that feels just like turning the thermostat up a notch. In our Food Love Story, this lamb stew is ‘Lisa’s’ go-to option, and her two teenage sons love it, too – especially when she throws in some green olives, a little nod to her (slightly sunnier) Greek homeland.
- Boil the potatoes in a large pan of cold salted water for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and return to the pan.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Fry the onion for 10 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Season the lamb and add to the frying pan. Increase the heat and cook until browned all over (you may need to do this in a couple of batches).
- Pour in the wine and leave to bubble for 2 minutes before adding the tomatoes, stock and olives; season well. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the lamb has softened.
- Put the butter, milk and mustard in the pan with the potatoes. Mash together over a low heat until warmed through. Serve with the lamb, sprinkled with the chopped parsley.
This stew is a great get-ahead dish – it tastes even better the next day after the flavours have developed. Reheat thoroughly.
Leftover olives are great chopped and thrown into pasta sauces and salads, used on top of a pizza or mixed with mayonnaise and lemon juice as a dip for raw veg.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines
Freeze stew only. Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through.
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