To Stew Or Not To Stew?
Most people when they’ll come across the word Stew the will think to themselves –Yummy, but NO! What is it that has made us so scared and superstitious of Stews? Are they really that hard to make? Or is it the cooking time they require that puts us off?
Whatever it is, one thing is for sure. A stew is a very nourishing meal, that warms your heart as well as your tummy. It’s the best, most comforting food, you can serve on a cold-rainy day to your loved ones. And especially this Lamb Stew Recipe.
Why Stews Are Easier Than You Think
Now really, don’t be afraid of stews. There is nothing you can do better or worse than others in a stew recipe. The only thing that’s required, is TIME. There is no exact cooking time when it comes to stews. Especially when it comes to meat stews. So stop checking your watch, and just let it simmer until it feels soft and tender when you prick it with a knife. Cooking time really depends on the meat type, the meat part, and the animals age. The older the animal, the more time it takes to get cooked but the tastier the stew will be.
NOTE: If you own a slow cooker, don’t hesitate on using it in this recipe. Just saute the onions, leeks, and lamb in a large skillet and then transfer to the slow cooker following the same cooking process.
Another Tip for when making stews, always go for meat parts with bones. Other than giving more flavor to the dish they also have many health benefits. The most important is from collagen and gelatin, that gets released into the sauce when the bones get slowly cooked (for quite some time like in a broth). These two are good for healing your gastrointestinal tract (especially the gut lining) as well as your bones and other wounds.
What’s This Lamb Stew Anyway?
So I’ve been talking and talking about stews without telling you what this Lamb Stew Recipe is all about. So, it’s lamb parts, that get stewed with celery and lettuce leaves. Once everything is cooked till soft, you thicken the sauce with a traditional Greek egg-lemon mixture. It’s simple and tasty.
In my case, I made this Lamb Stew Recipe, using various different parts of the lamb. That’s because it was a lamb of our own family production. And since my father plays the butcher when the time comes, well…, let’s just say that he doesn’t follow the classical way of cutting a lamb.
In your case though, the best parts to use on this Lamb Stew Recipe, are lamb shanks or neck parts. Here is a Guide to lamb cuts by Jamie Oliver, if you want to get an idea.
To conclude, this Lamb Stew is an extremely healthy dish, that really deserves the time you’ll be spending on cooking it. As for the effort, as you may know already there isn’t much needed. It’s pretty simple stuff. Only one thing left for me to say… Kali Oreksi (Bon Apettite)