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Friday, 20 November 2020

Lamb Stew Mediterranean Style !

Lamb is usually a very tasty meat, but can be expensive. We don't eat it too often - in fact I keep a look out for special offers at my supermarket, Farmer's Market or butcher ... depending on where I maybe shopping! If you are not too familiar with the different cuts of lamb, have a read here

Today I share a classic Mediterranean lamb stew recipe that'll recall memories of warmer, sunnier days. Made with lamb neck fillet and using black olives, red pepper and strips of orange peel, it has a rich but piquant flavour. Finish with sprigs of thyme to add a fresh and aromatic scent and (optional) serve with a generous hunk of sourdough bread to mop up any remaining juices.

Mediterranean Lamb Stew with Olives

Serves Four
2 tbsp olive oil
500g lamb neck fillet, cubed
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
125ml dry white wine
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x 5cm strips orange peel (pith removed)
2 sprigs thyme
1 red pepper, sliced
handful pitted Kalamata olives
sourdough or crusty bread, to serve, optional

1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Add the lamb and cook for 5-10 mins until browned all over. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 secs more.
3. Increase the heat and pour in the white wine. Bring to the boil, then leave to bubble for 2-3 mins until the liquid has reduced by half.
4. Return the lamb to the pan, along with the tomatoes, orange peel, thyme sprigs and 200ml water. Leave to simmer gently for 1 hr, adding a splash more water if needed.
5. Add the red pepper and olives and cook for a further 20 mins, until the peppers have softened. To serve, remove the orange peel and enjoy with some sourdough or crusty bread, if you like.
From original idea here

Other Popular Lamb Recipes
Rick Stein's : Lamb Casserole with Aubergine / Eggplant - see here
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Lemony Lamb Chops - Grilled - see here
Rosemary Crusted Lamb with Parsnip Fries - see here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...lamb just isn't me thing.

Martha said...


Sandra Cox said...

Looks appealing.
Have a wondrous weekend.

pam nash said...

I love lamb in any form but it's very hard to find here in my part of TX.

kathyinozarks said...

Sounds delicious! I have never had access to lamb most of the time, but when I have had it-we really like it Happy Friday

Jeff said...

I love lamb. When I lived in the American West, you could get a grass fed lamb in the fall for a reasonable amount (then pay $25 to have it cut and wrapped for the freezer).

eileeninmd said...


Hubby and I do not have lamb often, maybe when we were eating out.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

DUTA said...

Right; it's tasty but rather expensive. We eat lamb usually during Passover (lamb is considered the sacrificial animal of this holiday).

Elephant's Child said...

Growing up lamb was one of the cheaper meats and appeared on the menu often. It is definitely not cheap now.

Valerie-Jael said...

This looks great, yummy! Valerie

Christine said...

Looks so good! We are having 17C weather today so will put stew off till it cools down maybe tomorrow!

William Kendall said...

That sounds good.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sorry Jan. I didn't like lamb even before I became a vegetarian.

CJ Kennedy said...

I love lamb which we have at Easter. This sounds like a good way to use up the leftovers

My name is Erika. said...

That looks so yummy. I tried the chicken and leeks recipe the other day and it was super! Thanks for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Delicious! I love any kind of "soup" any day of the year!

happyone said...

I can't remember the last time I ate lamb. Husband doesn't like it so don't cook it. Growing up my mom used to broil lamb chops and I loved them.

Rose said...

I tried to fix lamb chops, I don't even remember how I tried to fix them probably 40 yrs ago...that was a first and last time for us. However, my mom fixed a lamb roast when I was a kid, and it actually melted in your mouth. It was delisious but I was so young, I have no idea how she fixed it.

aussie aNNie said...

This looks so delish..xx

baili said...

lamb is lesser popular than goat meat here yet many people eat it specially on Eid u Adha occasion
thank you for great recipe Dear Jan !

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The more we trend towards vegetarianism the less I can deal with the thought of butchering little baby lambs so that we can enjoy lamb chops. I think I will pass on this one.

Debbie said...

we don't eat lamb, primarily because i have never cooked it and maybe i just don't feel comfortable with it!! this does however sound good, perhaps with a different meat for us!!

Iris Flavia said...

Hmmm, this sounds yummy and went to my to do list :-)

Jeanie said...

I never think of buying lamb but this stew sounds awfully good!

It's me said...

I am on my way to not eating meat anymore....but owwww I miss from me Ria 🍀