Whenever you’re feeling like a comforting dish my friend…
It just doesn’t get any better than this!
So the other day I was browsing through the meat section in Coles, one of the most popular supermarkets in Australia. I noticed they had these new lamb bones packs in their meat section that was an absolute bargain!
It’s basically lamb bones with more than enough meat on them and it only costed something like $4 per kg.
The package looked pretty fresh although the meat I must admit had quite a bit of fat on them. However, it didn’t bothered me one bit because I kind of like my lamb to be on the fatty side.
I’m serious…if lamb doesn’t have fat…then what’s the point??
(SMH. . . )
Anyway, so I decided to buy a pack and see what kind of dish I could make from it. The moment I got home, I started trimming all the meat off and discarded the bones. It was really worth the price because the amount of meat I was able to cut off would have costed me at least double if I were to buy it separately.
Hmmm…..I’m starting to sound like a stingy person aren’t I?
I’m serious, I’ve noticed this more ever since I started my cooking journey and constantly comparing prices whenever I do my grocery shopping.
I mean….I don’t really like this side of me, because that’s not who I am.
But hey, it’s all part of budgeting right?
Plus…I just don’t like wasting money on things that I shouldn’t, especially if I feel like I’m being taken advantage of. And I’m sure we all know what that feels like from time to time.
You bought something from this grocer only to find out that the shop next door was selling the exact same ingredient at half price. Yup…it sucks!
Okay I’m getting a little off track here.
So back to my cheap lamb, a bargain lamb actually that I literally stole off the shelf (at least it felt that way). I brainstormed and came up with a lamb stew with tomato recipe which would be perfect with the meat that I’ve cut out.
I checked on the fridge to see if I had any fresh tomatoes left…but no, I didn’t!
Just when I wanted to go out and get some, I suddenly remembered that I had a can of peeled tomatoes in my cupboard. I quickly opened my cupboard door and there it was.
Now as you probably know, I’m not the biggest fan when it comes to canned food, but when I saw that this thing had whole tomatoes in it and that they were peeled already. I really wanted to give it a go. Plus the label had BPA Free written on it so that was an extra incentive.
This was the can I bought…
And boy was I glad or what….because this lamb stew recipe turned out absolutely amazing!
Check it out below:
Lamb Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peeled Tomatoes
A simple, quick and delicious lamb stew that you'll want to make for your family again and again. It was also cheap to cook and totally satisfying!
Lamb Pieces - 500g
Medium Potatoes - 2 qty
Carrots - 2 pcs
Celery - 1 stalk
Brown Onion - 1 qty (diced)
Peeled Tomatoes - 1 can
Flour - 1/2 cup
Stew Pot Marinade
Garlic - 4 gloves
Fresh Rosemary - 2 sprigs
Basil Leaves - 3 pcs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Water - 3 cups
To prepare the lamb - Place lamb marinade (See ingredients) onto a plate and mix thoroughly as show in the picture below.
Start coating your lamb pieces (500g) into the mixture and ensure each piece is well coated. Btw...see how much meat I was able to trim from those bones....UNREAL!
Heat a pan on medium high heat and add olive oil (1 tbsp) . Start pan frying the marinaded lamb pieces (prepared in step 2) until golden brown. This will help elevate the flavors from the lamb. Once done, place lamb pieces on kitchen towel to drain off excessive fat. Set aside and keep the same pan with oil on the stove for the vegetables.
To prepare the vegetables - Turn pan onto medium high heat, place brown onion (1 qty - diced) into the pan. Cut medium potatoes (2 qty), carrots (2 pcs), celery (1 qty) into desired sizes and place them into the same pan. Add in cumin powder (1 tsp) and stir fry for approx. 6 mins.
To cook the stew - Once vegetables are done, transfer everything from the pan into a pot and place on the same stove on medium heat. Add stew pot marinade (See ingredients) into the pot and stir fry content for about 1 min.
Open can of peeled tomatoes and pour the whole can into the same pot. Stir fry for 1 min. Add sauteed lamb pieces (prepared in step 3) and pour in water (3 cups).
Turn to high heat until stew is boiling. Then turn to low heat and allow to simmer for about 40 mins. Your lamb stew with potatoes, carrots and tomatoes is now ready to serve. Enjoy!
Don't forget to taste test!
Everyone's tastebuds are different, so I suggest you to taste your stew once it's been simmered for about 10 mins. Just add extra salt and pepper according to your own taste, or if you find it a little salty, then just add a little water....viola!
What did you serve this stew with?
Personally, I served this with rice. It was absolutely delicious. But I'd say that it'll work wonders with mash potato or even just some crusty breads too. Perhaps quinoa will work with this recipe also. The choice is all yours my friend.
Can I use any lamb pieces?
Of course, my lamb bone meats were simply a choice that I made because I thought it was a pretty cheap buy. You're free to use any lamb pieces you like, say cuts from the leg, the lamb shoulder, the cutlets (a bit of a waste for a stew though), but really...the choice is yours and that is the beauty of cooking.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Especially if you could get your hands on some cheap lamb cuts like I did.
Whatever the case, I honestly don’t think you can fail with this….unless of course, you simply don’t like lamb.
In that case, there’s really not much I can do, but thanks for reading anyway!
Until next time…