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main courses | serves 6 6
This is a traditional Greek recipe from the Peloponnese and Ionian islands. Slow cooked to perfection and bursting with Mediterranean flavours, it's guaranteed to have all the family round the table in no time.
1. Place the whole garlic head in a saucepan of boiling water. Simmer for 15–20 minutes or until softened. Remove, drain on paper towel and allow to cool slightly. Squeeze each clove of garlic into a mortar and pound to a rough paste with a pestle.
2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan and sauté the lamb for 5–7 minutes or until browned on all sides. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée, oregano, mint and garlic. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3. Add enough water to just cover the stew and simmer for 1½–2 hours or until the lamb is tender and sauce has thickened. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, stir in the lemon juice. Serve with chips.
Recipe Andy Harris
Photo David Loftus
from Issue 2
ingredients• 1 head garlic, unpeeled
• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 2kg boned leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 5cm pieces
• 6 plum tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped, or 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
• 1 tbsp tomato purée
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tsp dried mint
• Juice of 1½ lemons
• Chips, to serve