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Basque Lamb Stew

Basque Lamb Stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 lbs. lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 3 canned roasted red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 large ripe tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 4-6 sprigs parsley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup dry, full-bodied red wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine lamb, 3 of the garlic cloves, rosemary, and white wine in medium bowl. Let marinate for 2-3 hours. Drain meat, discard the marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Mince the remaining 3 garlic cloves and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed pan with lid, over medium-high heat. Brown meat on all sides, approximately 10 minutes per batch. Return all meat to the pot. Add onions, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste, and cook, until the onions are soft (approx. 5 minutes). Stir in paprika, add roasted peppers, tomatoes, parsley, bay leaf, and red wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until juices in pot reduce and thicken slightly, (approx. 10-15 minutes).

3. Add chicken stock, cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until meat is very tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Adjust seasonings.

Serves 4 to 6.

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