Roasted Root Vegetable Lamb Stew

St. Paddy's Day wouldn't be the same without a satisfying stew made with stout.
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.35kg lamb shoulder, cut into 3-cm pieces
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g leeks, sliced
  • 70g plain flour
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 250ml Guinness
  • 750ml beef stock
  • 200g tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 225g parsnips, peeled and cut into 5-cm pieces
  • 225g carrots, peeled and cut into 5-cm pieces
  • 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into 5-cm pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, cut in half
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, plus 1 tbsp chopped
  • 150g peas, shelled
  • 100g leeks, sliced thinly
  • Oil for frying
1) Preheat the oven to 200°C / gas mark 6.

2) In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the lamb and brown evenly. Remove the lamb from the pot and set aside.

3) Add the leeks to the pot and saute until soft. Add the butter and melt. Add the flour to make a roux. Turn the heat down to low, and cook the roux until it is brown, about 15 minutes.

4) Whisk in the beer and stock. Add the tomatoes and the reserved lamb, bring to a simmer, and cover. Continue to simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours.

5) While the lamb mixture is simmering, combine the parsnips, carrots, potatoes and garlic in a large bowl. Toss with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper and rosemary sprigs.

6) Place the vegetables in a roasting pan and place in the 200°C / gas mark 6 oven. Roast for 45 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

7) Remove the vegetables from the oven and discard the rosemary sprigs. Add the roasted vegetables and the peas to the lamb mixture. Cook for ten minutes. Add the chopped rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.

8) In another pot, heat the frying oil. Add the thinly sliced leeks to the oil and fry for three minutes, or until crisp. Remove the leeks from the oil and drain on paper towels. Season the leeks with salt.

9) Garnish the stew with the fried leeks.

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