I published this recipe for Moroccan inspired lamb stew a few years ago, cheered on by my dearest friends. I’m going to make this again next week when WHOLE FOODS opens in Brooklyn December 17th. If I get there early I might get a free canvas bag. But even better than the canvas bag will be the amazing lamb that I will purchase. Exactly five pounds of lamb shoulder steaks cut perfectly by the Whole Foods butcher. While at the onset it will not look like a frugal dish – the New Zealand Lamb shoulder steaks will cost around $7.99 a pound – it will last through about 3 meals and 6 -8 servings. My limes are drying on my heater now and should be ready for this recipe by next week. Please add a dried lime if you can. If you can’t take a little swipe of lime skin and drop it into your stew.
Allergy Free Lamb Stew
©2013 by Heidi Bayer aka Bklynallergymom. All Rights Reserved
5 lbs Lamb Shoulder steaks cut by your butcher into 2” pieces including the bone and fat (you need them both for flavour! you can remove fat after cooking ;))
1 Head garlic (remove 5 cloves and mince them, then cut the head of garlic in half crossways)
2 Large Yellow Onions
1 dried lime with 3 knife slits in it (optional but so delicious)
6 stalks celery cut into 1” pieces
6 carrots, cut into 1” pieces
2 lbs buttercream white wax potatoes, washed and quartered
1 29 oz Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (organic)
¼ C chicken or beef broth*
6 cups water
1 Cup Red Wine (I use Port or Sherry sometimes)***
Ras Al Hanout (highly recommend you make it yourself)**
Moraccan Corriander (ground)
Hot Smoked Spanish Paprika (a little bit goes a long way)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line a cookie sheet with Reynolds wrap.
Salt and pepper the lamb making sure its covered all over. You can refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight, or completely skip it and proceed. However, bringing the lamb to room temperature will greatly speed your cooking time.
Place lamb on the cookie sheet – you may have to do this in batches. Broil lamb 5 – 8 minutes each side. Place lamb and drippings in large bowl and wait while you do the next batch. After both batches are done, pour some of the drippings into a large non reactive stockpot, heat the pot, and add the onions, 1 tsp of the Ras Al Hanout, and Salt. Cook on medium – low about 5 – 10 minutes or until the onions have softened. Do not brown the onions. Add the minced garlic and cook another 2 minutes or until you can smell the garlic. Add the Lamb on top of the onions, and pour the wine, stock and water into the pan along with 1 Tbsp of the Ras Al Hanout, and more salt. Bring to a boil and at this point, if you’re using a pressure cooker, put the lid on and cook for 20 minutes according to manufacturers instructions. If you are not using a pressure cooker, you can continue to cook on the stove, simmering, for 40 minutes to one hour. Alternatively, you may put a lid on it and bake it in the oven for one hour or so at 350 degrees.
Taste the stock and add seasonings if it needs them. Then, to the lamb mixture, add the potatoes, carrots, and celery as well as the fire roasted tomatoes and the rest of the garlic halved with the skin on. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of c orriander and ¼ tsp of Hot Smoked Paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil, then simmer again for 20 minutes.
Since we use the waxy potatoes, this will freeze well. Use less water if you like a more meaty stew. But I like a brothy stew…If you need to thicken, you may do so in the last 5 minutes using corn starch, or tapioca starch.
Before serving, remove the lamb bones, the lamb meat should fall easily off of them, and push the marrow into the stew – yes, the marrow is so delicious though it is not pleasing to the eye.
I highly recommend this recipe for a cold winter’s night with a nice glass of red wine.
* Watch for allergens in broths, always read ingredients or make your own broth.
** Watch for allergens in mixed spices. I mix my own Ras Al Hanout. Do not buy from bulk-bins as there is a higher risk of contamination.
***if you’re concerned about fish (yes, some red wine does contain a very small amount of fish) you may wish to purchase a Vegan wine.