Lamb Stew with Potatoes and Butternut Squash; a present

Remember we bought a whole lamb in September.

With a freezer full of meat I’ve been a little more daring with my cooking.

I was meandering through my cook books awhile back, as one does during a power outage, and ran across a recipe that went against everything I thought I knew.

It was for a stew that was cooked fast rather than braised slowly, done in a skillet rather than a pot or Dutch oven, and had no herbs or spices.

And it had water….. a lot of water.

And lemon juice.

I normally use chicken or beef broth, white or red wine, but never just plain old water. I may use a dash of Balsamic vinegar but not lemon juice.

I was intrigued.

I made a few modifications (for 2, not 4; butternut squash in place of whatever veggies the recipe called for, an herb, a spice, etc) but I kept the idea.

Sometimes those old recipes are spot on! It was full of flavor, tender, and just as good as my usual slow braise.

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Lamb Stew with Potatoes and Butternut Squash

This is the opposite of a slow braise but the results are flavorful, tender meat and perfectly cooked vegetables.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Lamb


  • 14oz (420gr) lamb, cut into 1 1/2″ (4cm) pieces
  • 3 shallots, chopped, about 3/4 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium (10oz, 300gr) potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10oz (300gr) butternut squash, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups (20oz, 600ml) water
  • 3 tbs parsley
  • 1 tbs olive oil 


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add lamb and brown on all sides.
  • Add shallot, garlic, paprika, and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice, broth, water and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat slightly and simmer hard for 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes, butternut squash and simmer hard for 30 minutes, or until water is gone.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve. 


This is cooked, uncovered, at a brisk or hard simmer – not a boil. This means many small bubbles breaking the surface rapidly.

Keywords: lamb stew, butternut squash

Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash

We don’t do Christmas presents. We haven’t for years. We were past the point of buying fancy toys and expensive jewelry and it seemed silly to wait 2 months to get a winter jacket when we needed it in November.

Instead we started taking Christmas trips – to markets, maybe a few days in Paris or Lyon…. something we could both enjoy.

This year we’re getting a present.

We hadn’t planned on it but we are getting a smart TV.

We’re getting a smart TV because one cannot buy dumb ones.

We’re getting it now because our old, dumb TV has decided it no longer wants to stream Netflix.

Quelle Horreur !!!

It started earlier this week… just shut itself off. After several days I finally figured out it must be the HDMI connection. It shuts itself off every 40 minutes when streaming, stays off for 5 then comes back on. It works fine for regular television.

All the new TV’s are so big! We don’t have space for a big TV. Our walls are filled with doors and radiators and fireplaces and stuff….

Out of the 30 or so in the store we had a choice of 3 – 1 of which was not smart.

Of course the one we want wasn’t in stock.

We get it Monday.

I both look forward to it and dread it…. I hate setting up new equipment.

4 thoughts on “Lamb Stew with Potatoes and Butternut Squash; a present”

  1. I have a smart TV in the bedroom. I have a B IQ TV in the living room and use a Roku streaming device on that. I’m a bit of a technophile. Hubs is…no. If he has to push more than the on/off buttons and the channel numbers, he gets confused. So for the time being, we’ll keep the not so smart TV where he uses it, but the day will come…

  2. I have a Roku on the kitchen TV but I use my laptop and VPN on the one we watch all the time. I’ll still need to do that for US Netflix, but at least he can watch French Netflix on his own, now. Same here – I do all the tech stuff…. he complains when it’s not working lol He usually uses his iPad ’cause he can just turn it on and go

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