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Basque Lamb Stew

Basic Stew
1 1/2 lb Boneless lamb shoulder
1 c Stock
3/4 c Onions; chopped
1/2 tb Garlic cloves; crushed

This Variation
6 md Carrots; 3/4" pcs
12 oz Turnips; 3/4" pcs
1/4 ts Thyme leaves
1/4 ts Rosemary; crumbled
1/2 ts Black pepper
1 c Chicken stock
2 tb Flour

You may substitute pork shoulder or beef chuck for the lamb. Use beef stock for beef, chicken stock for pork or lamb. Basic stew: Trim meat of fat and cut into 1-1/2" chunks. Bring all ingredients to boil in 4-qt pot, cover tightly, reduce heat, and simmer 2-1/2 hours, until meat is tender. Crockpot directions: pile all ingredients into crockpot and cook all day on LOW. When done: skim off and discard fat. It takes less than 8 minutes to assemble this stew. Then you can pay it little or no attention as it simmers for about 2-1/2 hours. Make multiples of the basic stew, then divide stew into 4-serving portions; refrigerate or in airtight containers for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in microwave-safe container on defrost or in refrigerator for 24 hours. To assemble: bring basic stew, vegetables, and spices to boil in 3-qt pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring twice, until vegetables are almost tender. Whisk chicken stock with flour until blended. Stir into stew and simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until gravy is slightly thickened and vegetables are tender. This stew is also good made with beef or pork.

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