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Lamb navarin
Spring lamb navarin

What is a lamb navarin?
A traditional stew with spring vegetables such as green peas and carrots. It may be called "navarin" because of the turnips in the recipe, which stands for "navet" in french.

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20 minutes / 1 hour 10 minutes


3 to 4 lbs of lamb (shoulder, neck and breast)
2 tb flour
3 cups lamb or beef stock
4 tomatoes, ripe, peeled, seeded and chopped
5 carrots, peeled
5 turnips, peeled
12 spring onions
1 lb green peas or snow peas
2 garlic gloves, mashed
Herbs: 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper
Cooking oil

Lamb Navarin Recipe

Step 1: Cut the lamb into 2-inch pieces.

Step 2: In a large saucepan or casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Brown over medium heat a few pieces of lamb at a time. Sauté until brown on all sides.

Step 3: Put all pieces of meat in the casserole, add garlic gloves and cook over high heat for 1 minute.

Step 4: Remove half of the fat. Toss the meat with flour, salt and pepper. Cook over high heat for two minutes.

Step 5: Warm the stock in a different saucepan. Add to the meat. Boil. Stir. Add the tomatoes and herbs. Boil and simmer for 30 minutes over medium to low heat.

Step 6: Add the carrots, onions and turnips. Simmer for 30 minutes again over medium to low heat.

Step 7: Cook the peas in a saucepan with salted water for 5 minutes. Add to the lamb just 5 minutes before serving. Remove the herbs.

Wine suggestion: Red Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Cahors (French Wine Guide).

Bon appetit!

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