This stew is so tender, so tasty, and so simple. Tonight we served it with mashed potatoes, but it is also great with dumplings.
- 1.5 kg neck of mutton or lamb, chopped
- 3 tbsp mild paprika
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 500ml stock
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- chopped parsley
- Check the meat over, remove any excess fat or loose bits of splintered bone. I leave the neck chops with the bone in.
- Mix the spices, salt and pepper, flour and meat together in a container, seal it and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to cook; this could be overnight, but don’t worry if you forget and don’t have so much time.
- Heat the olive oil in a large casserole pan, and gently fry the onions until they are soft.
- Add the meat and heat through, before adding the stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours or so. This can be done in the oven, temp 130 C
- Once it is cooked, add the lemon juice (which is optional) and serve garnished with chopped parsley.
- If you want dumplings, mix 225g self-raising flour with 110g suet and chopped parsley, and add enough ice-cold water to make a loose dough. Make balls of dough about the size of walnuts, and drop them into the stew. Let them cook for around 20 minutes.
Delicious. Also, adaptable. You can swap around the stock, add wine, add a few herbs such as bay leaves and oregano, add sliced potatoes for the last hour of cooking instead of dumplings.