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Braised Spiced Lamb

Serves 4 to 6
Time 3 hr 15 min
A rich and savory spice paste flavors this dish, which is perfect for cold winter nights. Ladle the stew over rice or pasta, if you like.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 threads saffron
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped preserved lemon rind (optional)
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Method

In a small bowl, mix together garlic, saffron, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne; set aside.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat, and brown lamb on all sides, working in batchs if needed.

Remove lamb and let cool slightly then rub with spice mixture. Let stand for at least one hour.

Return lamb back to the pan and add salt and pepper, onion, cilantro and preserved lemon (if using).

Add 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered tightly for 1 hour, turning lamb occasionally to evenly baste.

Continue cooking, adding more water if necessary, until lamb is fork tender, another 45 minutes to an hour.

Remove lamb to serving platter and cover.

Increase heat and reduce sauce until thick, then serve alongside lamb.

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  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 threads saffron
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped preserved lemon rind (optional)
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Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.