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Gordon Ramsay’s Mutton Stew

Gordon Ramsay made this stew for his viewers on Season One of the F Word[1]. It looks delicious and he took samples of the stew streets of England. Everyone who sampled the stew was very impressed, and several people even asked if they could have the rest of it!

According to Gordon Ramsay, Mutton is half the cost of lamb, and twice the flavor. It is also tougher, so the key to a great tasting mutton stew is in the cook time. Get this on the stove well before you start getting hungry, and you’ll have what looks to be a delicious and affordable stew ready for supper.

Gordon blazes through this recipe on the show, and doesn’t give exact measurements for anything, so bear with me as I do the best I can to break it down. Keep in mind, this is a stew, don’t finely slice anything. Cut everything into decent sized chunks, and feel free to increase or decrease any of the ingredient’s proportions to fit your taste.

Ingredients:

  • Around 1 1/2 lbs. Mutton (chopped into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
  • 1 Head of Garlic (skin on, cut in half)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Large Carrots (chopped)
  • 5 Stalks of Celery (chopped)
  • Leek (I don’t know how much he used so I’m going to say… to taste)
  • 1 Large Sprig Rosemary (whole)
  • 3-4 Sprigs of Thyme (whole)
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Small Handful of Peppercorn (lightly crushed)
  • Very Large Spoonful of Tomato Puree (or paste)
  • House Red Wine (he says half a something, but I could make it out even after playing it back five times. It looks like he uses about half a bottle, but it’s probably more like half a cup)
  • Cooking oil
  • Water

Directions:

Heat some cooking oil in a large skillet while you’re preparing your mutton. Lightly season mutton with salt, then coat it with flour, shaking off excess. Add to the hot oil and brown it thoroughly. Gordon lights the pan on fire a few times, but I wasn’t able to see how he went about doing it. Just make sure your mutton has good color. Color changes the meat and adds flavor. Once your meat is browned, place it into a colander to drain, and get to work on your stew base.

Chop all of your vegetables into large chunks. Add the onion to a very large stock pot over medium heat and stir in carrots. Cut a head of garlic in half so it looks like the picture on the right, and add it to the stew. Add celery, leeks, and your beautiful sprigs of fresh herbs. Take a small handful of peppercorns and lightly crush them on the counter with any large object you have. The bottom of a storage container, or a rolling pin will work just fine; add them to the stew. Spoon in your tomato base, and add the wine. Return your mutton to the pan, and stir it into the stew. Pour boiling hot water over the top of the stew until it completely covers all of the ingredients. You want your stew to look like a soup at this point, with a little extra liquid.

Bring everything to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid, and stew over low heat for 2 1/2 hours. Now you can watch a movie, go shopping, or whatever you enjoy for 2 1/2 hours. Come back after the stew has finished cooking and enjoy another F Word[2] favorite from Gordon Ramsay.

Feel free to leave your experiences, or any improvements in the comments section below.

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References

  1. ^ F Word (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ F Word (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ »crosslinked« (gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Baked spiced chicken with pomegranate

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This combination of flavours, straight from the Middle East, helps transform humble chicken drumsticks into a special feast. The spice mix also works well brushed over lamb chops. These tender chicken drumsticks only take 40 mins to cook and are cheap to buy in comparison to other joints of chicken. Serve on a bed of rice cooked according to the packet instructions. The pomegranates in this recipe add a burst of sweet flavor to the chicken which is just delicious. The chicken is not too spicy so the kids will love it too.

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 40 mins

  • Total time: 50 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Pomegranate molasses is a thick sweet/sour syrup made from pomegranate juice; it is used in many sweet and savoury Middle Eastern dishes. If unavailable, use 1tbsp lemon juice and 2tsp clear honey instead.

Ingredients

  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2tsp pomegranate molasses
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 large chicken drumsticks
  • 2tbsp freshly chopped dill
  • Seeds from one pomegranate

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Put the spices and garlic in a small bowl and mix in the pomegranate molasses, plenty of seasoning and the oil. Mix to make a paste.
  2. Wash and pat dry the chicken and arrange in a shallow baking dish. Brush all over with the spicy oil and bake in the oven for about 40 mins until tender and cooked through. Drain well.
  3. To serve, serve the chicken over freshly cooked basmati rice flavoured with fried garlic cloves, and sprinkle with dill and pomegranate. Serve immediately.

By Kathryn Hawkins

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Brigadeiros

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A favourite Brazilian chocolaty sweet that is chewy like a bonbon. Easy to make and scrumptious to eat, serve them in little cake cases for easy pick up. These classic Brigadeiros would make the perfect food gift for friends and family. If preferred coat in multi-coloured sugar strands instead – ideal for kids parties. These simple treats only take 40 mins to make and just delicious.

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 25 mins

    plus cooling time

  • Cooking time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 40 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Add finely grated orange rind for a zest twist, and try rolling the mixture in different coloured cake decorations for a colourful display.

Ingredients

  • 397g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate strands for decoration

Method

  1. Pour the condensed milk into a heavy based saucepan. Sift the cocoa powder on top and mix in along with the salt.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, over a low heat, keeping the mixture barely simmering to prevent burning and sticking and cook for 10-15 mins, until mixture becomes very thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom and sides of the pan.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and the vanilla. Scrape into a heatproof bowl and leave to cool then chill for about 30 mins.
  4. Divide the mixture into approx.20 pieces and each piece into a ball – if the mixture is too sticky to handle, brush your hands light with a little vegetable oil.
  5. Put the chocolate strands on a small plate and roll each sweetie in the strands to coat all over then place in a small cake case and chill until ready to serve.

By Kathryn Hawkins

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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