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Armenian Lamb Stew - Wendy

Mar. 21st, 2012 08:02 am Armenian Lamb Stew

Since I haven't posted anything here recently and I've had a few requests for the recipe I mad last night, I thought I'd stick it here too.

Armenian Lamb Stew (Tass Kebab)

from The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors by Jeff Smith

2 pounds boneless lean leg of lamb, cut in 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup tomato paste diluted with 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons dry red wine

Heat a large frying pan and add the lamb and butter. Brown the meat and place it in a 6-quart stove-top casserole, leaving the fat in the frying pan. Saute the onions in the reserved fat and add to the pot, along with the remaining ingredients except the wine. Cover and simmer 45 minutes or until all is tender. Add the wine, cover, and simmer 15 minutes more.

This stew is very thick and rich-tasting. Serve it over rice.

My notes: I used lamb shoulder which worked just fine. Just do your best to trim the fat off. I added extra water while it was simmering, eyeball it to keep it from burning! Instead of the dry red wine, I used vermouth. Over rice, with green peas on the side, I wished I'd had enough lamb to double the recipe!

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Date:March 22nd, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
I printed this out. We'll give it a try!
Date:March 23rd, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds really good. I have lamb in my freezer, and I've added the recipe to my memories listing. I hope that means I'll actually get around to trying it.

I'm my Hungarian grandmother's granddaughter, though, so I'd probably add more than a half-teaspoon of paprika.

(For the onions, is "coarsely chopped" a bit finer than "diced"?)
Date:March 23rd, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yum! Sounds fantastic. Thanks for posting the recipe! I'll have to try it when Emmasdad isn't around (he doesn't like lamb).