Welcome to a culinary journey that captures the essence of Andorra's rich flavors and traditions. In this recipe, we explore the art of crafting "Andorra Xai a la Cervesa" – a delightful dish that combines the succulence of Andorran lamb with the depth of flavor brought by the infusion of beer. As we embark on this gastronomic adventure, prepare your taste buds for a symphony of tastes, where the robustness of the meat harmonizes with the malty notes of beer, creating a truly memorable dining experience. Let's delve into the heart of Andorran cuisine and savor the delicious marriage of lamb and beer in this unique and mouthwatering recipe.


  • 1.5 kg (approximately 3.3 lbs) lamb, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bottle (330 ml) of Andorran beer (choose a flavorful and preferably malty variety)
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Prepare the Lamb:Trim excess fat from the lamb chunks and season them with salt and pepper.

Sear the Lamb:

1-Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.

2-Sear the lamb chunks until browned on all sides. This enhances the flavor of the dish. Work in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pot.

Saute Vegetables:Add chopped onion, minced garlic, diced carrots, and chopped celery to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent.

Deglaze with Beer:Pour the Andorran beer into the pot, using it to deglaze the bottom by scraping up any flavorful bits with a wooden spoon.

Add Broth and Seasonings:Pour in the beef or vegetable broth, add bay leaves, and sprinkle dried thyme over the mixture. Stir well to combine.

Simmer:Bring the liquid to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the lamb simmer in the beer-infused broth for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat becomes tender. Stir occasionally.

Check and Adjust Seasoning:Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Remember that the beer may add some saltiness, so be mindful of the overall flavor.

Serve:Once the lamb is fork-tender, discard the bay leaves. Serve the Andorra Xai a la Cervesa over rice, mashed potatoes, or with crusty bread. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of freshness.

Enjoy this Andorran delight that beautifully combines the richness of lamb with the robust flavor of beer. It's a hearty dish that reflects the warmth and character of Andorran cuisine.

Nutritional Values:

Nutritional values can vary based on specific brands and preparation methods. However, here are approximate values for the listed ingredients:

Lamb (1.5 kg):

  • Calories: 3150 kcal
  • Protein: 330 g
  • Fat: 206 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g

benefits: Rich in protein, lamb provides essential amino acids for muscle growth and repair.

Olive Oil (2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 240 kcal
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g

benefits: Healthy monounsaturated fats in olive oil support heart health and provide a source of antioxidants.

Onion (1 large):

  • Calories: 60 kcal
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 7 g

benefits: Onions contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, promoting overall health.

Garlic (3 cloves):

  • Calories: 13 kcal
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugar: 0.2 g

benefits:Garlic has antimicrobial properties and may help boost the immune system.

Carrots (2 medium):

  • Calories: 50 kcal
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

benefits: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, supporting vision health and providing antioxidants.

Celery (2 stalks):

  • Calories: 20 kcal
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

benefits: Low in calories, celery provides dietary fiber and is a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Andorran Beer (330 ml):

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g

benefits: While consumed in moderation, beer can provide B-vitamins, antioxidants, and may support heart health.

Beef or Vegetable Broth (1 cup):

  • Calories: 20 kcal
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 1 g

benefits: Broth is hydrating and can contribute to overall fluid intake, while also providing some vitamins and minerals.

Bay Leaves (2 leaves):

  • Negligible caloric content (used for flavoring)

benefits: Bay leaves add flavor and may have anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits

Dried Thyme (1 teaspoon):

  • Negligible caloric content (used for flavoring)

benefits: Thyme is rich in antioxidants and may have antimicrobial properties.

Salt and Pepper (to taste):

  • Negligible caloric content (used for flavoring)

benefits: Used in moderation, salt enhances flavor, and pepper contains antioxidants.

Fresh Parsley (for garnish):

  • Calories: 1 kcal
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 0 g

benefits: Parsley is a good source of vitamin K and vitamin C, providing immune and bone health benefits.

These values are approximate and may vary based on the specific brands and quantities used in your recipe. It's always a good idea to check nutritional labels for precise information.


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