Last evening I had dinner with some friends, the main dish was absolutely delicious, looked great and its aroma alone was enough to make even the most satiated creature hungry again! It was superb tasting, by any standard, even if I’m very partial to lamb.
When I asked the lady of the house for the recipe she referred me to a small book titled Mmmm… Casseroles, put out in 2010 by Parragon (under their Love Food imprint) in the UK. I can’t wait to make it myself, meanwhile here’s the recipe:
Lamb Stew with Sweet Bell Peppers
- 1 pound lean, boneless lamb such as leg of lamb or fillet
- 1 1/2 tablespoon all -purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 white onion sliced
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice
- 2/3 cup lamb or or chicken stock
- 1 cinnamon stick, bruised
- 2 red bell peppers (sweet pointed variety, if available) seeded and sliced into rings
- 4 tomatoes
- a few, fresh cilantro sprigs, plus 1 tablespoon to garnish
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Trim any fat or gristle from the lamb and cut into thin strips. Mix the flour and cloves together. Toss the lamb in the spiced flour until well coated and reserve any remaining spiced flour
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy bottom skillet and cook the lamb over high heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a casserole.
- Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for 3 minutes adding the extra oil if necessary. Sprinkle in the resrved spiced flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes then remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the orange juice and stock. then return to the heat and bring to a boil stirring.
- Pour over the lamb in the casserole, then add the cinnamon stick, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro sprigs and stir well. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until the lamb is tender.
- Discard the cinnamon stick and adjust the seasoning adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately, garnished with the chopped cilantro.
Aaah, this makes a perfect dish for a Shabbat dinner…
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!