Recipe

Sun-dried tomato and balsamic lamb stew

Chunky bits of lamb sit in a nourishing stew with hints of fresh thyme and basil to cut through the richness. This is winter comfort food at its hearty best.

  • 35 mins preparation
  • 8 hrs 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Sun-dried tomato and balsamic lamb stew

Ingredients

  • 8 lamb neck chops (1.4kg)
  • 400 gram canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion (170g), sliced thinly
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (75g) coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 240 gram jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh baby basil leaves, extra

Method

  • 1
    Combine lamb, tomatoes, onion, garlic, stock, wine, vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs in a 5-litre (20-cup) slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low, about 8 hours.
  • 2
    Discard thyme from cooker; stir in artichokes. Combine cornflour with the water in a small cup; stir into cooker. Cook, covered, on high, for 10 minutes or until thickened slightly. Season to taste.
  • 3
    Serve stew sprinkled with extra basil.

Notes

Suitable to freeze at the end of step 1. We used red wine, but you can use white wine if you prefer. Goes perfectly with mashed potato or creamy polenta.

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