I got this new amazing fontignac french oven for my birthday. I just have to say that in comparison with a Le Creuset, for the cost, these are great quality and the food comes out so delicious.
To this day, this is my #2 best thing i’ve ever made. Seriously…. holy…. wow!!!
Lamb Stew – adapted from thekitchn.
2 pounds stew lamb, cut in chunks, could use any type of meat instead (with or without bone, we deboned it)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons fresh sage
8 cloves garlic
1 big carrot, peeled
2 cups red wine
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 28-ounce can peeled whole plum tomatoes
Pat the lamb chunks dry with a paper towel. Liberally coat the lamb chunks with salt and pepper and set aside. Peel and coarsely chop the onions, and chop the garlic. Chop the carrot into thin rounds.
Place an oven-proof Dutch oven or heavy stockpot over medium-high heat, and add olive oil to cover the bottom thinly. When oil is hot, add the lamb and brown deeply. Don’t overcrowd and do this in batches if necessary. Don’t worry about drying out the meat — you want it browned darkly for good flavor. (I usually brown for at least 6-10 minutes)
When the meat is thoroughly browned, add the onions and garlic. Lower the heat, and cook slowly over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the onions are golden. Add the rosemary and sage, and the carrots. Reduce heat to medium-low and sauté until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
Add wine and balsamic vinegar and continue to simmer until liquid has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Crush the tomatoes in the can with a fork or back of a spoon, then add them and their juices to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover and place in a 275-degree oven for 3 to 4 hours. Alternately, put everything in a slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on HIGH or at least 8 hours on LOW. The longer it cooks the more tender it will be. Season with salt and pepper. I would recommend serving with mashed potatoes as it creates more decadence, flavor, and texture.
This smells SOOOOO good, too. I made it again for my parents with 1/2 filet mignon chunks and 1/2 lamb!