Greek Lamb in Red Wine
Stews can never be replicated.
The best ones are prepared from what one has in the fridge on the day off.
Here is one we all loved this afternoon that I wanted to share. Use any vegetable that you enjoy. The three main ingredients in this recipe are the beautiful lamb shanks, seasonings like oregano and fresh mint, and a dollop of goat cheese.
In a dash of oil
Braise 2 lamb shanks browned and caramelised all over. Sprinkle some salt over it. Sprinkle a tablespoon of oregano, fresh or dry.
Add two cups of roughly diced red onions and add them to the sizzling hot pot of lamb. Allow it to cook for a few minutes and then stir. Start by gently adding the red wine, one tablespoon at a time. You are still trying to caramelise the onion. Once done, pour the 3 cups of red wine all in. 3 cups of boiling hot water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat for an hour.
Add three large peeled potatoes. whole.
9 black olives
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp of goat cheese (or feta)
a few pickled or fresh asparagus spears
2 small carrots
A bunch of fresh mint
Continue cooking, covered, on a slow flame for another hour or until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone.
Serve with a Horiatiki-Greek Salad made up of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, crostini, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt, and oregano. Adding a piece of feta and crumbling it into the tossed salad completes it. Optionally, add some fresh mint.
A chickpea and soft cheese dip pairs well with this lamb dish.
Warm chickpeas smashed with a fresh cheese called Topli nu Paneer, a silky home-made cheese made with full-cream buffalo milk. Drizzled with olive oil, olives, and fresh mint.
Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala
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