Baking | Basque Lamb Stew … White Wine or Red? Surpisingly both!

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”
W.C. Fields

Basque Lamb Stew Hello November. Here already? ALREADY?? With winter almost here, the Basque Lamb Stew is a good way to warm up … robust, hearty, full of flavour. It’s the time of the year when comfort food tops the list. Apple crumbles, mushroom soup, lamb and chicken curries, warm chocolate puddings, risottos, brownies, creamy cheesy pasta, ratatouille,  fresh bread, stew …

Basque Lamb Stew The lamb was meant for an Indian Lamb Stew or Gosht do Piaza, a hearty traditional Indian main. Yet some sour dough meant a loaf of fresh baked bread. The lamb thus headed for a continental makeover. Two recently gifted  bottles of wine from Four Seasons had me wanting to further my culinary skills. Google took me to Simply Recipes which had an interesting lamb stew recipe.

Basque Lamb Stew My knowledge of wine is pretty limited. A wine tasting session with a wine connoisseur some time back was enlightening. I  would like to cook with wine but am an under-confident ‘wine’ cook! I do however find wine glasses and goblets romantic, pretty too! 

Basque Lamb Stew Basque Lamb Stew was in the oven soon. Experimental cooking is always fun, and has been on the mind even more after our recent Ozzie MasterChef meeting. That rejuvenated us to think differently, creatively, out of the box, locally, internationally, responsibly … every virtual thought led to food!

Basque Lamb Stew Sangeeta’s Dark Chocolate Mousse, Parul’s Merluza en Salsa de Pinones, Ruchira’s Thai Eggplant Salad and Rekha’s Fresh Waterchestnuts, Arugula and Peach Salad reminded me of the lamb stew that was waiting in the wings! All these have the wine in common.

Basque Lamb StewThe Basque Lamb Stew was a huge step for someone like me who has always cooked traditional Indian lamb dishes. Making this dish, I thought often about the very talented Basque ex-pat Aran Goyoaga who writes on Basque country and her childhood. I heard of this beautiful region while reading her posts.

Basque Lamb StewThe stew was delicious, hearty, and an enticing red. There was something inspiring about it. Despite being cooked in a completely different manner, it still had slight undertones of my Indian stew or ‘ishtoo‘ as it is often called! Amazing! The wines gave very gentle flavour to the dish, while the roasted red peppers added most of the brilliant colour! {The sour dough bread is a tomato basil  one the recipe scraps of which I sadly misplaced!}

What keeps you warm in winter, dear reader? What is your favourite comfort food?

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  1. Tasry! This stew has a beautiful color and must be extremely fragrant.



  2. I just received your email about this wonderful lamb stew. I love one pot dinners like this. I will add some quinoa or brown and cook them together. Total yum!
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  3. I am really enjoying your blog!
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  4. It’s amazing how wine transforms a slow-cooked dish. Your stew looks fantastic with the sourdough bread! I just recently visited the Basque region of Spain and had some terrific wines there. Now, I just want to keep re-stocking our wine rack.
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  5. Beautiful stew. I must try.

  6. Can guess the flavour of this stew, loving it.
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  7. Looks very earthy Deeba-thanks for the recipe!
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  8. I love that rich dark colour of the stew!, never cooked with wine so far .. but surely want to try!
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  9. what a coincidence.. you should write about a Basque stew and Aran..especially when her book has just been released and it all looks so fabulous.. have my eye on it!!! A hearty stew in winter… family style comfort food doesnt get better than this!!
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  10. Such a warm and hearty dish. Love it!
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  11. OOh Deeba I am loving this recipe and the moody images to go with it. Perfect for our cold Fall days here. I want a huge bowl of this now!
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  12. You have me drooling like a hungry puppy. That looks delicious !
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  13. Gera @ Sweets Foods says:

    Deeba, my palate indicates lamb stew with red wine, but I see this is a special variant with both type of wines :)

    BTW why only in winter? I’m entering in summer here and I can have this dish, right now, on my table – so yummy!


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  14. lamb is such a rare delicacy for me and it has to be done perfectly and this recipe sounds o delicious. I love the addition of roasted you mentioned, I am afraid of using wine in cooking because i do not have that much experience but i enjoy drinking it instead :)

  15. Rachel says:

    I cant wait to try this kind of food…thanks a lot for sharing with us..
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  16. It looks so appetizing and inviting and its rich color makes me feel its warmth and meaty flavors too. Never cooked with wine yet but want to try NOW!
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  17. Sonal says:

    Dear Deeba,

    Thank you for the mouth watering recipe. I am going to try cooking it during the week. However, my question is – can I substitute with wine with something else? I so wish your reply is a “YES” :)

    • Thank you for stopping by Sonal. Of course you can. Use about 1/2 a cup of water, and if it’s too liquidy, you can always simmer it until you reach the right consistency. Hope this helps!

      • Sonal says:

        Wow!!! Thank you for the quick response. I plan to cook this on wednesday night. Will certainly keep you posted.


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