This dish is hearty and perfect for warming up on a chilly winter evening. The aroma is almost as delightful as the dish itself.
- 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cubed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 large leeks, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- In a large Dutch oven, cook lamb and onions over medium heat in oil until meat is no longer pink. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir to remove browned bits from pan. Add the carrots, leeks, 1 tablespoon parsley, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Spoon into a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover with potatoes and dot with butter. Bake at 375° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender and the potatoes are golden brown. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
Freeze option: Remove baking dish from oven; cool completely. Cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Reheat, covered, until a thermometer reads 165°, about 1 hour. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as New England Lamb Bake in Country February/March 1993, p47
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