Spicy lamb stew with sweet potato rosettes

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
6 tablespoons Vegetable oil
3 pounds Boneless lamb shoulder; trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups Finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon Minced garlic
2 tablespoons Minced peeled fresh ginger root
1½ tablespoon Ground cumin
1 tablespoon Ground coriander
¼ cup All purpose flour
2 cups Chicken stock and 1 cup water
1 cup Water
¼ cup Fresh lime juice
2 3-inch green hot chilies; seeded and minced
2 cups Chopped; drained canned italian plum tomatoes
1 pounds Spinach; coarse stems discarded, washed well and drained
3 cups Cauliflower florets
3 larges Sweet potatoes; (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 Russet potato
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter; softened

In a 3-quart baking dish heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it brown the lamb, patted dry, in batches, transferring it with a slotted spoon as it is browned to a bowl. In the fat remaining in the dish cook the onion over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is softened, add the garlic, and the ginger root, and cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, and flour, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the stock, combined with 1 cup water, heated, whisking, and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Add the lime juice, the chilies, the tomatoes, the lamb and any juices that have accumulated in the bowl, and salt and pepper to taste and simmer the mixture, covered, skimming it occasionally, for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the lamb is tender.

While the mixture is simmering, in a large saucepan steam the spinach in the water clinging to the leaves, covered, over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it is just wilted.

Drain the spinach in a colander, refresh it under cold water, and squeeze it dry in a kitchen towel. Add the cauliflower to the lamb mixture, simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, and stir in the spinach. The stew may be prepared up to this point, cooled to room temperature, and kept covered well and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Let the stew thaw, covered, in the refrigerator before continuing with the recipe.

Bake the potatoes in a preheated 425 degrees oven, pricking them several times with a fork after 30 minutes, for 1 hour, or until they are very tender, and let them stand until they are cool enough to be handled. Peel the potatoes, force them through a food mill fitted with the medium disk over a bowl, and stir in the butter and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large decorative tip and pipe it into 2-inch rosettes around the edge of the baking dish. The stew may be prepared up to this point, cooled to room temperature, and kept covered and chilled for up to 3 days. Bake the stew in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it is heated through and the rosettes are browned lightly.

Yield: 6 servings

Notes: Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine Recipe by: Cooking Live Show #CL9079 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by "Angele and Jon Freeman" <jfreeman@...> on Apr 4, 1998

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