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Aromatic Braised Lamb With Prunes And Pine Nuts

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Ingredients
  Extra virgin olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Boneless lamb shoulder 2 Pound (Cut Into 1 1/2-Inch Cubes)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Dry red wine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Lemon rind strip 1 Inch, minced (1 In Number)
  Ground cloves 1 Pinch
  Ground ginger 1 Pinch
  Pitted prunes 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Boiling water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Carrots 2 Medium, thinly sliced
  Pine nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add half of the lamb, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned on 2 sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining lamb.
2. Add the garlic and onion to the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in the wine, 1/2 cup of water, lemon zest, cloves and ginger. Return the lamb to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
3. Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl, cover the prunes with the boiling water. Let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the prunes with their cooking liquid and the carrots to the stew. Cover and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.
4. In a medium skillet, cook the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan a few times, until the nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes. Let cool.
5. Season the stew with salt and pepper and spoon into bowls. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and serve.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Boiled
Ingredient: 
Lamb

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