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Basque lamb stew

 

Basque lamb stew

Prep Time: 25 Mins Cooking Time: 2 Hours 30 Mins Total Time: 2 Hours 55 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces

MARINADE:

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine

STEW:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, peeled & chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 3 canned roasted red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 large ripe tomato, peeled, seeded & chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup good red wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Combine lamb, 3 of the garlic cloves, rosemary and white wine in a large plastic zip bag. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Drain and discard marinade. Pat lamb dry with paper towels.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium- high heat in a large heavy, deep skillet with a lid. Brown meat on all sides, about 10 minutes (you may need to do a few batches). Return all meat to the skillet. Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, scraping the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in paprika, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, bay leaf and red wine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and simmer until juices reduce and begin to thicken (10-15 minutes).
  3. Add chicken broth, cover, reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Lamb should be very tender. Taste to adjust for seasonings.