Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bits and Bobs + A New Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe

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It's cooking season here in the northern hemisphere. I made this super delicious Moroccan Stew with Raisins, Apricots, and Almonds. I tweaked the recipe from David Lebovitz' new cookbook A Paris Kitchen. If you are a cookbook person, check this one out. It is a gem. Perfect for bedtime reading. This cookbook is jammed with fun info about Paris and more. David is a great storyteller.  Beautiful recipes too. I borrowed it from our local library and have it on my Christmas wishlist!

Moroccan Lamb Stew with Raisins, Apricots, and Almonds

This is an easy to make Moroccan style stew adapted from *David Lebovitz' My Paris Kitchen. Moroccan stews are usually called tagines and are traditionally cooked in a special ceramic vessel. I have Americanized this recipe by using a dutch oven. You can also use a slow cooker. 

I like to make this stew on Sunday mornings so that the house is filled with the lovely aromas all day long. This recipe in particular smells so good - cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, saffron and ginger combined with the aroma of lamb will make you feel warm inside. It will taste better the second, third and fourth days as the spices have a chance to meld. Omit the cayenne if you are serving children. The saffron is a bit of a splurge but you only need a pinch to add the lovely flavor.

Moroccan Lamb Stew is a great supper for the middle of the week - cook up a little basmati rice, warm up the stew and you are ready to eat!

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 onions
5 cloves garlic
kosher salt
2 pounds lamb shoulder chops or shoulder roast or lamb shanks
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
dash of cayenne pepper if you like things spicy (I omit)
pinch of saffron threads 
1 14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups water
1 pound carrots
3/4 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds

To serve - cooked basmati rice (as shown), couscous, or small pasta

1. Peel and chop the onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Heat olive oil in dutch oven. Cook the onion and garlic until the onions are translucent. 
2. Rub the lamb with salt. Brown the meat on all sides in the pan with the cooked onions. Remove the lamb and set aside.
3. Mix the ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, cinnamon, black pepper, ground ginger, ground turmeric, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Add it to the cooked onions in the dutch oven. Cook for a couple minutes until the spices start to smell good. 
4. Add the water, the saffron, and the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Stir so it is all mixed nicely. 
5. Add the browned lamb to the dutch oven and cover with a lid. Add some more water if necessary - the lamb should be half submerged. Place in a 250 oven and cook for 4 hours. Half way through, flip the lamb over.
6. Chop the apricots into pieces about 1/2". Remove stew from oven. Add the apricots and raisins to the stew.
7. Peel the carrots and chop into 1/4" slices. Add to the stew.
8. Return the dutch oven to the oven for another hour or so until the carrots are cooked through and the lamb pulls easily off the bones. Alternately, finish it on top of the stove by simmering. The apricots will dissolve and become part of the sauce.
9. Let the stew cool and place in refrigerator overnite. In the morning, skim the fat that is on the surface. Remove the bones from the shoulders (they should pull out easily). 
10. To serve, cook some basmati rice, couscous or small pasta shape. Toast the almonds in a frying pan, taking care not to burn. Heat the stew on top of the stove and serve over the grain. Top with the toasted almonds.

1 comment:

Stephanie W. said...

I made the lamb stew this weekend and is wonderful! And the aroma wafts through the house. Terrific recipe.


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