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Moroccan Braised Lamb and Eggplant

Serves 6 to 8
Time 2 hr 25 min
Tender lamb cooks slowly along with leeks, mushrooms, eggplant and potatoes in this ideal autumn dish. Cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, coriander and a touch of cayenne perfectly spice this Moroccan medley. Serve over cooked couscous or rice to absorb every drop of the delicious broth.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 piece (2-1/2 pound) boneless leg of lamb, netting or twine removed
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound baby Yukon potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, as needed for garnish
Method

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat. 

Season lamb with 1/2 teaspoon salt and add to pot. 

Cook, turning occasionally, until dark golden brown. Transfer to a large plate and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium low, add leeks and mushrooms and cook until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. 

Add turmeric, coriander, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, garlic and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. 

Add potatoes, broth, bay leaves and eggplant and stir well. 

Arrange lamb (with any accumulated juices) on top of the vegetables. 

Cover pot with foil and a tightly-fitting lid, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until leeks and eggplant melt into a hearty sauce and lamb is very tender, about 2 hours. 

Remove and discard cinnamon and bay leaves, garnish with parsley and serve.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 piece (2-1/2 pound) boneless leg of lamb, netting or twine removed
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound baby Yukon potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, as needed for garnish