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Amazing Lamb, Squash and Chickpea Stew Recipe

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We served this fantastic dish over Memorial Day weekend with friends up in Point Reyes, California. The days were warm, but the evening turned chilly Saturday night, providing the perfect setting for a warm lamb stew. This stew is a wonderful mix of sweet, salty and spicy, vegetable, legume, and meat. The broth is thin, almost to he point of being soupy, which we enjoyed as the rice absorbed the broth. If you want a thicker stew, you could thicken it with a roux of butter an flour or butter and cornstarch. We had some gluten-allergic guests so we didn't, and ended up very happy with the thinner broth. We served this over a mix of brown and white jasmine rice. Our friends mostly had seconds and thirds and raved about the flavor. Everything that wasn't demolished Saturday was finished Sunday. This is another variation on a wonderful recipe from James Villas's "Stews, Bogs and Burgoos" cookbook, which he credits to Paula Wolfert." This stew isn't a lot of work, but you do need to be around to tend to it for over an hour. So pour a glass of wine and enjoy as it fills your home with wonderful smells!

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Servings: 5
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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat 2 Tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat, then add the lamb and sprinkle with 1 tsp of the black pepper. Cook until the lamb is lightly browned and most of the juice is evaporated, 7-8 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 7-8 minutes. Add the tomato paste, reduce heat to medium, and cook stirring until the mixture caramelizes, about 10 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the meat is tender about 45 minutes.
  2. Add the squash, chickpeas, tomato, garlic, salt, and enough water to just cover the ingredients. Return to a boil, then reduce to simmer, cover, and cook about 30 minutes until the squash is tender.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice and the chopped mint or basil and remove the pot from the heat. Season with salt to taste and transfer to a serving dish.
  4. In a small sauce pan, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of oil until sizzling. Remove from heat then add the paprika, red pepper flakes, and remaining 1/2 tsp of black pepper. Swirl for an instant and then stir into the stew and serve immediately.
  5. Note to parents: We made a double quantity of the stew and added the paprika/pepper mix a the end only to about 2/3 of the stew leaving the less spicy stew for the smaller kids. Our 12 and 15 year olds were both happy with the spicy stew, but our 6 and 10 years olds were happy with the less spicy version. Both are very flavorful!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 558g
Recipe makes 5 servings
Calories 545  
Calories from Fat 264 48%
Total Fat 29.51g 37%
Saturated Fat 9.9g 40%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 556mg 23%
Potassium 1370mg 39%
Total Carbs 49.1g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9.2g 31%
Sugars 7.55g 5%
Protein 24.94g 40%

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  • Suzee Woods
    June 4, 2013
    Sounds fabulous, must try this soon. Thanks for posting.

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