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Lamb with Prunes Stew

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This is a super-popular dish I love making for both Pesach and Rosh Hashana. It fits Pesach perfectly because of the lamb offering our ancestors brought during the Exodus from Egypt and it fits Rosh Hashana really well because it calls for honey. The prunes are incredibly delicious and become so tender they melt in your mouth. Not to mention the obvious benefits of consuming prunes during Pesach! This stew is also very fragrant and handsome. You are what you eat. Prunes can help you lose weight! I am not even joking! Prunes are rich in soluble fiber. Foods rich in soluble fiber reduce the speed at which food leaves the stomach, making you feel satisfied for a longer time. Not to mention other benefits of consuming fiber-rich foods, such as prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Tricks of the trade I love using lamb shoulder or neck with bones because it looks better than just lamb stew. For the garnish and any other dish that calls for it, buy already toasted sesame seed. it will make your life so much easier!

By Reyna Simnegar

8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 pounds lamb stew or shoulder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon ground saffron
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1¼ teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
  • 2 cups pitted prunes
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a 6-quart saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion starts to look translucent (about 1 minute). Add the lamb; cover and cook until it no longer looks red, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the water, salt, pepper, saffron, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir well. Return to a boil and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes.
  3. Add the prunes, cinnamon, and honey, if using. Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with rice, mashed potatoes or couscous.
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