Spanish wine and a spring lamb stew

7th April 2016

San Antolin Reserva
£7.49/75cl (was £9.99)

Every so often, when you match wine with food, there is a really sublime moment- and this is one. The wine comes from a part of Spain famous for lamb, and its luxurious, velvety fruitiness is perfect for this hearty but not overpowering meal. One of my favourite matches to date, and cracking value too.

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 kg lamb neck fillet, cut in to large chunks 1 onion, peeled and diced
3 sprigs thyme
1 large sprig rosemary
12 cherry tomatoes
500ml chicken stock
350g spring greens, thick stalks cut out, and the leaves shredded
400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
250g pouch Waitrose Love Life Puy Lentils 25g pack fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 lemon

Method

1 Heat a splash of the oil in a large casserole dish over a high heat. Season the lamb, then add to the casserole and brown in 2-3 batches.

2 When the meat is browned, reduce the heat to medium and drain off any excess fat. Remove the lamb from the pan and keep warm. Add the diced onion, thyme and rosemary to the pan and cook over the
medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the onions are nicely soft.

3 Add the cherry tomatoes and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until the tomatoes just begin to collapse.

4 Return the browned meat to the pan and stir. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off any residue that comes to the surface. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook the stew like this for about 90 minutes, or until the meat is meltingly tender.

5 When the meat is tender enough, throw in the spring greens, butter beans and lentils. Continue to cook the stew for a further 5 minutes, or until the greens are just tender, then stir through the chopped parsley.

6 Serve the stew with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and some creamy mash if you like.

More reds to drink with lamb

Reserve des Hospitaliers Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages
20% OFF £7.99/75cl (was £9.99)
I’m a massive fan of Rhône wines. There’s a really light, herbal nature to them, they always taste of sunshine and they’re great value too. This one is a lovely match for this week’s dish.

Waitrose Saint-Emilion
25% OFF £9.99/75cl (was £13.49)
Blended by our Bordeaux buyer, this wonderfully complex, mouth-filling red combines cranberry and blueberry flavours with a touch of smokiness.

Chapel Hill Pinot Noir 
25% OFF £5.59/75cl (was £7.49)
Elegant and silky, this Hungarian Pinot Noir has classic aromas of red berries and a hint of spice, with flavours of strawberries and raspberries.

Montemajone Chianti Classico
SAVE 1/3 £6.99/75cl (was £10.49)
Delicate and ripe, with a velvety finish, this delicious Chianti comes from the medieval Italian estate of Castello d’Albola, known for the elegance of its wines.

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