Lamb Shank Stifado with Sauteed Potatoes
Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Stifado, a hearty Greek stew, can be made with almost any kind of meat, though beef is most common. Here we use lamb. It always involves either red wine or red-wine vinegar or both, herbs, and copious quantities of small whole onions.
When I make this, I'm going to use frozen pearl onions. No way I'm going to spend the time peeling lots of small onions. :)
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- 1/4 c
- 1/2 c
- red wine vinegar
- 1 28-oz can(s)
- whole tomatoes, chopped (undrained)
- 1 c
- dry red wine
- 2 tsp
- dried rosemary, crumbled
- cinnamon stick
- bay leaf
- lamb shanks (about 6 lbs total)
- 1 lb
- pearl onions (about 3 cups)
- 2 lb
- small red potatoes
- 3 large
- garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 1 Tbsp
- olive oil
1Preheat oven to 350°F.
2In a 9-quart heavy ovenproof kettle cook sugar on top of stove over moderate heat, without stirring, until it begins to melt. Continue to cook sugar, stirring with a fork until melted and cook without stirring, swirling kettle, until a deep golden caramel.
3Add vinegar and stir until caramel is dissolved. Stir in tomatoes with juice, wine, rosemary, cinnamon, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
4Add lamb shanks and braise, covered, in middle of oven until tender, about 2 hours.
Braised lamb shanks improve in flavor if made 1 day ahead. Cool mixture, uncovered, and chill, covered. Skim and discard fat from mixture and reheat on top of stove before proceeding.
6In a saucepan of boiling water blanch onions 10 minutes, or until just tender, and drain. Cool onions and peel.
7Quarter potatoes and in a steamer set over simmering water steam potatoes, covered, 8 to 10 minutes, or until just tender. In a large non-stick skillet cook garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until pale golden. Add potatoes with salt and pepper to taste and sauté mixture over moderately high heat 5 minutes, or until potatoes are golden.
8Transfer meat with a slotted spoon to a platter. Discard cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Add onions to sauce and boil until sauce is thickened slightly. Spoon sauce and onions over meat and surround with potatoes.