Lamb & Haricot Bean Stew

Maybe not the most visually appealing dish around but there definitely is no compromise on the flavour front.

I am a sucker for stews. Heck, I have even eaten one on the hottest day of last year. What is to like about them? Well, they are easy to prepare. Chuck all the ingredients in one pot, stick it in the oven and forget about it for a few hours. The result? Meltingly tender meat with a scrumptious sauce to boot. It is difficult to have a disaster. If the meat is still tough, it needs to braise a bit longer and most of the time a dodgy sauce can be tinkered with (using salt, sugar or even cream) until it tastes just right.

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Lamb & Haricot Bean Stew
Serves 4
Preparation: 20 mins – Cooking Time: +3 hrs
Ingredients
  • 125g (4½ oz) dried haricot beans
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) seasoned flour
  • 1kg (2lb 4 oz) stewing lamb
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250ml (1 cup) red wine
  • 250ml (1 cup) beef [broth] stock
  • few sprigs of thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Put the beans in a large bowl and cover with plenty of water. Leave to soak for 8-12 hours, or overnight, then rinse the beans thoroughly and drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  3. Dust the lamb in the seasoned flour.
  4. Heat half the oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic until softened. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add the rest of the oil to the pan, heat it and then fry the lamb until browned on all sides.
  6. Add the onions and garlic to the lamb, as well as the beans, red wine, beef stock, thyme and bay leaves.
  7. Bring the stew to a simmer and place in the preheated oven. After 1 hour lower the heat to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2 and braise for a further 2 hours.
  8. For best results, remove the pot from the oven, let it cool down and leave in fridge to marinate further overnight. After it has been reheated, don’t forget to remove the bay leaf and thyme leaves.
Serving Suggestion
  • Rice or mash, and roasted parsnips are great accompaniments.
Serving Suggestion
  • This dish freezes well.
  • I used stewing lamb on the bone, it simply tastes better to me. Alternatively you can use cubed lamb shoulder.

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Comments

  1. jenna says

    I haven’t been “into” stew until extremely recently — like, this February! XD

    When I was a kid, stew was some weird “on sale” meat, cooked to death with veg that was marked down because they were starting to rot. (We’re Jap-Am, so cooking chunks of meat definitely does not come naturally.)
    College commissary versions of stew, full of super-processed “flavorings” and fillers, did not alter my impressions.

    So, it was only an appointment to donate blood, plus a humongous craving for red meat (economy has led me to go almost vegan) that made me buy some marked down country-style pork ribs.

    OMG, stew is so yummy when it isn’t made from stuff only a hair’s breadth from the trash bin. And, real seasonings, judiciously applied. Wow, my pressure cooker and slow cookers are going overtime with bean and veg stews.
    Winter squash stew seasoned with chipotle, yea! yea! yea!

    Now, if only I could find a mark down on lamb. . . .

  2. Alex says

    Great stew, but you don’t need to serve it with anything on the side, especially not rice, mash or roasted parsnips. The beans are full of fibre and complex carbs, and the rice/mash will be just empty carbs that will make you fat. (But then, I don’t like mash and I seldom serve rice anyway.) I serve this stew with just a green salad on the side and believe me, nobody goes away hungry.

  3. says

    Alex: I wholeheartedly agree with you BUT there are people in the world like my husband who insists on “starch” (usually potatoes) with every meal. We, on the other hand, are perfectly happy with our delectable beans. :-) Live and let live I guess!

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