Lamb Shank Stifado with Sauteed Potatoes

Lamb Shank Stifado With Sauteed Potatoes Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


From Gourmet, February 1996. Here's what they say......

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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2 Hr 30 Min


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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

How to Make Lamb Shank Stifado with Sauteed Potatoes


  • 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.
  • 5NOTE:
    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.

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About Lamb Shank Stifado with Sauteed Potatoes

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: Greek

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