Monday, 14 April 2014

Mutton & Berries Stew

I love these meal very much, its really simple yet tasty. This delicious meal came from Arizona; prepared by the Navajo people. Its nice to served with some rice, beans, a baked potato or flatbread.
This week I'm going to take you back to a more ancient form of cooking with hearty, comforting and totally delicious dishes. It was great to learn about the food culture of the Navajo and I feel that the recipes helps to put the best of American food. 

Recipe :

4 tablespoons plain flour
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
800 g quality stewing lamb, cut into 2cm chunks
olive oil
2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, trimmed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon blackberries, crushed in a pestle and mortar
2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
1 knob butter
6 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 organic beef stock cubes
600 g small new potatoes, larger ones halved
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

Dust a chopping board with 2 tablespoons of flour and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and toss your chunks of meat through this mixture until well coated. Heat a large pan on a high heat, add a few lugs of olive oil and fry your meat for 3 minutes to brown it. Add your chopped onions, carrots, celery, crushed blackberries, rosemary and the knob of butter. Add a few tablespoons of water, give everything a good stir, then pop the lid on the pan and let everything steam for 4 to 5 minutes so the flavours really mingle together.

Take the lid off so your meat and veg start to fry, and stir every so often for 5 to 10 minutes. Chop your parsley stalks finely, and once the onions start to caramelize, add them to the pan with your remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and your crumbled stock cubes. Stir, and pour in enough water to cover the mixture by a couple of inches. Put the parsley leaves aside for later.

Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium low so that the stew is just simmering. Add your potatoes and slow cook for at least 2 hours with the lid slightly askew, or until the meat falls apart easily. Keep an eye on it as it cooks, and add splashes of water if you think it looks too dry.

Put your chopped garlic in the middle of a chopping board. Add most of your parsley leaves with a teaspoon of sea salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Chop everything together so you get a kinda chunky paste. Add this to the stew and stir through. Chop the last of your parsley leaves and sprinkle over before serving.

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