Lamb Casserole

with black pudding

750g Lamb
Olive Oil
25 g / 1 oz butter
1 tbsp flour, seasoned
1 onion, peeled, chopped
1 medium leek, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
2 fat sprigs of rosemary
150 ml / 5 fl oz red wine
150 ml / 5 fl oz lamb stock
200 g / 7 oz skinned black pudding, thinly sliced

Serves 4

Heat 1 tbsp oil with the butter in an oven casserole until hot.

Toss the lamb in a large bag of seasoned flour then tip half into the fat and brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon then brown the remaining meat and remove.

Add another 1 tbsp oil and gently fry the onion, leek and garlic until softened then return the meat to the casserole with the rosemary, wine and stock. Bring to the boil then cover and remove to a preheated oven (160C / 325F / Gas 3) for about 1 hour, stirring once.

Remove from the oven, discard the rosemary,. Increase the heat to 190C / 375F / Gas 5.

Place the black pudding slices on top, overlapping slightly. Brush the slices with a little olive oil and replace in the oven for about 25 minutes until the stew is bubbling and the top crusty.

Serve at once with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.