Provençal Lamb Stew

By | October 01, 2014


Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook until browned, 10–12 minutes, working in batches if necessary. Transfer, using a slotted spoon, to plate.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to fat in pot. Add onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme, cook over medium-high heat until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook another 2 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, stirring to deglaze the pan, about 5 minutes.

Return lamb to pot, add olives and stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lamb is tender and potatoes are cooked through, 35–45 minutes.

Serve with crusty French baguettes, or fresh-baked sourdough bread.

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  • 3–3½ pounds boneless lamb shoulder, or boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds baby red or purple potatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 2 cups dry rosé wine
  • 1 cup pitted green olives, halved
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or beef broth
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