Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lebanese Lamb and Bean Stew Recipe - How to make Lebanese Lamb and Bean Stew


Easy recipe for Lebanese Lamb and Bean Stew. Learn how to make best Lebanese lamb and bean stew. Cinnamon, clove, cumin, and other spices perfume your house as this cooks.

Ingredients
1 lb dried navy beans, picked over and rinsed
2 lb boneless lamb shoulder or boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baharat* or 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
9 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste

Preparation
  1. Cover beans with cold water by 3 inches in a bowl and soak at room temperature at least 8 hours. Drain well in a colander.
  2. Bring lamb, baharat, and water (9 cups) to a boil in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot, then vigorously simmer mixture, covered, until meat is almost tender, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Add beans and cook, uncovered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour more. Meanwhile, heat oil over moderate heat in a 12-inch heavy skillet until hot but not smoking, then cook onions, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring, until onions are pale golden and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. When beans are tender, stir in tomato-onion mixture and simmer until just heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
*A Middle Easterna and African ground-spice mixture that typically contains allspice, cinnamon, clove, cumin, Maras chile, and black pepper. Available at Middle Eastern markets and Formaggio Kitchen (888-212-3224; formaggiokitchen.com).

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