That said, it's likely a weekend dish, as it really does require a couple hours to simmer itself into melting tenderness. Serve over rice (brown or white) with some kind of vegetable. Hide the leftovers from your spouse.
This comes from A TASTE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna Farrow. Last I looked, it seemed to be out of print, but this cookbook is so consistently good it would be worth it to hunt down a used copy and sell your Beamer to pay for it.
Tasty Lamb Stew
3 TBSP olive oil (divided)
3-3.5 lbs lamb fillet, cut into 2-inch cubes (I just use lamb stew meat. It works dandy).
1 large onion, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 bay leaf
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup dry sherry (I just use your generic cooking sherry. Works dandy).
4 oz. fresh or frozen f-f-f-f-fava beans (sorry--you knew I was going to do that).
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- Heat to medium high 2 TBSP of the oil in a heavy, flame proof casserole dish or dutch oven (now might be a good time to ask your mother for some Le Creuset . . . )
- Heat the meat and brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. (I usually do the meat in two batches).
- Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then add the onions and cook for five minutes or so, until soft. Return the meat to the pot.
- Add the garlic cloves, the bay leaf, the paprika, and the sherry. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer gently for 2 hours. Feel free to stir it once or twice in that time to make sure all the meat is soaking in the juices.
- Test the meat. At this point it should be fall-off-your fork tender. If it's not, cook for another 10-20 minutes, still on low.
- When the meat is tender enough, add the fava beans. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Stir in parsley and serve.
Lucy, who is likely the most culinarily adventurous 11-year-old you've ever met: 10
Jamie, who spends most of his meals trying to get Lucy to laugh: 8
Will, who's never liked meat he needs to pick from his teeth: 8
Ellen, who thinks baby sheep are cute and isn't much of a meat eater: 7
Paul, who thinks this is the tastiest stew he's ever encountered: 10