Mediterranean Lamb Stew with tomato, mushroom and eggplant (Kokkinisto) Recipe

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I used to order a delicious lamb stew at the New Kappadokia restaurant in Redwood City, California. Then I had a not quite but close to equally delicious stew at a Greek restaurant in Palo Alto that was called Kokkinisto. I pieced this recipe together based on the ingredients that I enjoyed in the two stews and some other highly rated online recipes. I think the result was remarkable, as did my guests. I hope you will try it!

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Servings: 8


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  • 5 lbs boneless leg of lamb, trimmed (or lamb shoulder)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 green peppers, seeded and chopped into half inch pieces
  • 2 large eggplants, peeled and chopped into half inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound white or crimini mushrooms, cut into half inch pieces (quartered or cut into 6-8 pieces depending on size)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Chop the lamb into 3/4 inch pieces and brown in the bottom of a large pot over medium high heat with 2 tbsp olive oil - about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the additional 1 tbsp olive oil and the onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add the green pepper and garlic and saute for an additional minute.
  3. Add the eggplant, mushroom, tomatoes with juices, broth, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Lower to a light simmer and cook for 60-90 minutes until the lamb is softened and the sauce is rich. You can add a bit more water if two much of the liquid is released. Feel free to add a half a cup of red wine if you like the flavor. Check for seasoning and add more pepper or salt as needed.
  4. Enjoy over long grain rice or with a good loaf of dry peasant bread or pita bread.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 434g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 618  
Calories from Fat 377 61%
Total Fat 41.88g 52%
Saturated Fat 16.32g 65%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Potassium 1041mg 30%
Total Carbs 11.63g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4.9g 16%
Sugars 4.76g 3%
Protein 47.72g 76%


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