Spanish lamb with sherry, honey and peppers

Lamb is one of my favourite meats.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1kg lamb cubes
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 red, yellow and green pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 250ml sherry
  • 250ml lamb stock
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley and chopped blanched almonds
  • Cous cous to serve

Method

Make sure your lamb isn’t too damp – pat it dry with kitchen paper if you need to, otherwise it won’t colour well. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole dish and brown the lamb over a high heat in batches (if you crowd the pan the meat will sweat and not brown). Remove with a slotted spoon as you go. When all the lamb is browned, add the remaining oil and cook the onion and peppers over a medium heat until the onion is golden and the vegetables are softened. Add the garlic and paprika, and cook for a further 1 min, then add the sherry and bring to a simmer.

Put all the lamb back in the pan, along with the stock, saffron, sherry vinegar and honey. Season and bring to just under the boil. Turn the heat down, cover the pan and leave to cook very gently for 2 hrs, turning the meat every so often.

In the last half hour of cooking time, remove the lid so that the sherry and stock can reduce. You want to end up with completely tender meat in a flavoursome gravy – how long this takes will depend on how wide your pan is so you may need to give it longer than 30 mins. Check the seasoning. You’re unlikely to need to adjust the vinegar or honey but you might want to sweeten the dish slightly. Scatter the parsley or almonds on top (or use both). Serve with the couscous.


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