A Lighter Lamb Stew

By • December 12, 2012 • 18 Comments


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Author Notes: Homemade chicken stock and Guinness replace the thick, traditional gravy of many lamb stews and give this stew a broth-y sauce pepped up with lemon zest and fresh herbs. The finished stew is tender enough to be pulled apart with two spoons. Tip: add a little more stock when reheating leftovers.Lizthechef

Food52 Review: This is exactly what I wanted after the heavy holiday meals I had been eating for the last few weeks; Lizthechef's light lamb stew is perfection. The broth is complex and flavorful -- really, this is more like a hearty soup. Roasting the lamb on a bed of vegetables flavored with herbs, stock, and Guinness yields a really tender piece of meat that is easily pulled apart with a fork. And I love that everything is done in the oven. I bet this would be just as good made with a beef roast!sdebrango

Serves 6

  • 1 24-ounce bag of baby Dutch potatoes
  • 4 Large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 3-pound boneless lamb roast
  • 1 6-inch piece fresh rosemary
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs flat-leaved parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 11 or 12-ounce bottle Guinness beer
  • 2 cups homemade or low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup large frozen green peas
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Layer the potatoes, then the carrots and onions in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
  3. Remove the netting from the lamb, open up the roast and place it, cut side down, on top of the vegetables. Using your hand, coat the roast with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine the rosemary, thyme and parsley into a small bundle and tie with kitchen string. Tuck it under the lamb.
  5. Sprinkle the lemon zest and garlic over the lamb.
  6. Pour beer and chicken stock over the vegetables.
  7. Cover and cook for 3 hours. Add the mushrooms and cook for 30 minutes more.
  8. Remove pot from oven, add the peas and cover for 5 more minutes.
  9. Remove the herb bundle. Using 2 spoons or forks, pull the lamb apart into pieces and serve with the vegetables.

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5 months ago NancyfromVictoria

Hi! I don't eat lamb - could beef be substituted? Many thanks.

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5 months ago Lizthechef

Yes, I have done a pot roast with this.

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5 months ago Lizthechef

Karin, I prefer low sodium chicken stock. Feel free to add some extra fresh, chopped parsley or thyme - a shot of low sodium soy sauce?

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5 months ago Karin Lippert

Hi - thanks. love the idea of parsley and soy sauce. Karin

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5 months ago Karin Lippert

Hello...what is a substitute for the beer that adds flavor, but not alcohol?

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5 months ago anne

Can I use the slow cooker for this recipe? Would I have to cook the Guinness in a pan first before I dump it in with the rest of the ingredients?

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5 months ago Lizthechef

It should work OK - and I would add the Guinness at the beginning of your cooking. But I have never tried the slow cooker for this recipe.

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about 1 year ago char&feather

Which Guinness did you use? Bottle of Extra Stout or Canned Draught? Can't wait to make this!

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about 1 year ago Lizthechef

I always prefer beer/stout in a glass bottle to a can. This is one great lamb recipe, I must say - the chicken stock really makes the difference.

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over 1 year ago Lizthechef

Thank you so much for the testing and Community Pick - I am just home from vacation and apologize for having missed this earlier -

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over 1 year ago Midge

I've a lamb shoulder in my freezer that's got this written all over it. Can't wait.

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about 1 year ago Midge

We loved this. Thanks for a keeper!

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about 1 year ago Lizthechef

Glad you liked it -

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Liz this stew was phenomenal, I plan on making it many times this winter.

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over 1 year ago Lizthechef

Thanks sdebrango and many thanks for testing it - glad it worked for you.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

One of my favorite meals to date. Delicious.

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Mmmmmm! Love the lemon zest touch.

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over 1 year ago Lizthechef

Where's my photo? Loaded it twice...