Moroccan spiced preserved lamb - (khlea)

Yield: 20 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ pounds Boneless lamb shoulder
3 tablespoons Coarse salt
1 small Garlic head; crushed
1½ teaspoon Dried red pepper flakes
½ tablespoon Ground coriander
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Vinegar
\N \N Olive oil
2 tablespoons Chopped hard meat fat; preferably from
\N \N Lamb kidneys

Cut meat into 20 strips, each about 3- by 1- by ½-inch. Combine salt and garlic and rub into meat. Stack meat in bowl, cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Dry meat with paper towel when ready to cook. Combine red pepper flakes, coriander and cumin with vinegar and rub into meat. Set meat on wire rack over jelly roll pan to catch drips. Bake at 175 degrees until dry but still supple, 4 to 8 hours, depending on density of meat. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil in 9-inch skillet and melt meat fat, if using. When hot, add meat and fry until all slices are crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and allow fat and meat to cool to room temperature. Place meat in clean dry jar and strain fat over top. Top with about ¾ cup oil and store in refrigerator. Yields 20 pieces.

Each piece: 63 calories; 1081 mg sodium; 17 mg cholesterol; 4 grams fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 5 grams protein; 0.07 gram fiber Comments: Hard meat fat is optional but necessary if you intend to store khlea more than few weeks.

Recipe Source: Los Angeles Times - 03-28-1999 Formatted for Mastercook by Lynn Thomas - Lynn_Thomas@...

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