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Lamb Bourguignon

Nikki’s version of Shepherd’s Pie, Lamb Bourguignon topped with fennel and mint whipped potatoes. Tender lamb meat and vegetables simmered in dry red wine and spices until the meat melts in your mouth. Buttery whipped potato puree with hints of mint and fennel, bring out the flavor of the lamb. This dish is not only easy to make, but it feeds a large amount of people. So, whether you are hosting a small dinner party or feeding a large family, this dish is perfect to give you more than enough food to keep everyone full and happy!


What is Lamb Bourguignon? 

Bourguignon is a red wine stew that originated in Burgundy, France and typically is made with beef. This recipe is made with lamb instead of beef for the flavor. Lamb tends to have a unique taste that pairs well with mint, fennel, and red wine. The bourguignon stew is always made with carrots, onions, red wine and bacon. The bacon or pancetta helps to add even more flavor to this dish. Fresh herbs complete this recipe by adding a subtle note of flavor.

What do I serve with this dish?

First, you definitely want to serve this recipe with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Most vegetables can be served on the side. Steamed asparagus, a lovely garden salad, brussels sprouts are just a few of the vegetables that would work well with this recipe. Remember to also serve a nice glass of dry red wine with the dish. The wine will bring out the flavor of the lamb meat.

What will I need for this recipe?

  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife to cut the meat
  • chopping knife
  • hand blender or food processor
  • large saute pan with lid
  • baking dish
  • medium pot

Lamb Bourguignon with Mint and Fennel Whipped Potatoes

Nikki's version of Shepherds Pie. Lamb simmered in a red wine sauce with carrots and pearl onions. The stew is topped with a fennel and mint whipped potato.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 6 people


  • 2 Ibs boneless lamb roast- cut into cubed pieces Leg of lamb would work
  • 3 cloves garlic-chopped
  • 3 large carrots- sliced diagonally
  • 1/4 cup pearl onions If using raw, place onions in boiling water for 5 minutes before peeling them
  • 1 container sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup pancetta- chopped bacon can be used as well
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt/pepper for taste
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 5 large russet potatoes- peeled and cut in half
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 fennel bulb- sliced


  • Place cubed meat in a large bowl and add arrowroot starch and 1 tbsp of salt/pepper. Mix well. Place a large pan over medium heat and add avocado oil. When pan is hot add the meat to the pan. Brown on both sides. Add pancetta and continue to brown.
  • When meat has been browned add garlic and saute for a 2-3 minutes. Next, add carrots and saute for a minute or two. Add red wine and deglaze the mixture. When mixture has been reduced by half add tomato paste, beef broth, herbs, onions, and mushrooms. Bring mixture to a boil then cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Let mixture simmer for 1 hour.
  • While stew is simmering place chicken stock in a medium pot over high heat. When liquid comes to a boil add potatoes and fennel. Cook potatoes and fennel until tender. Being sure to save 1 cup of the cooking liquid, place potatoes in a colander and drain the remaining liquid. Return potatoes and fennel back to the pot. Add mascarpone cheese and a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Using a hand blender or food processor to puree the mixture. If potato mixture is too thick add a little more of the liquid. When desired consistency is achieved add salt and pepper for taste. Set aside until ready to use.
  • When Stew is done cooking place it in a baking dish and top with potato mixture. Place under the broiler until top is golden. Serve with your favorite vegetable and crusty bread.

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