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Vegetable Stock for 10-Hour Braised Lamb

This homemade vegetable stock from chef Sam Beall's "The Blackberry Farm Cookbook" is used to make his 10-Hour Braised Lamb.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 quarts

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5017


  • 2 large onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed, and roughly chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 small parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 small white turnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup mushrooms or mushroom stems
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and stems
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place onions, leeks, celery, parsnips, turnips, garlic, and mushrooms in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Transfer to oven and roast, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are lightly browned, about 45 minutes.

  2. Transfer vegetables to a large stockpot. Add 2 cups water to roasting pan and scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan; pour into stockpot. Add 10 cups water to stockpot, along with parsley, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, wine, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low. Partially cover pot and gently simmer stock until vegetables are very soft, 30 to 45 minutes.

  3. Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Stir vinegar into stock and use immediately or cool to room temperature and transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

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