Braised Lamb Neck
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Ingredients
2 lb
lamb neck (4-6 slices)
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Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Extra-virgin olive oil
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½ c
carrot, medium dice
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½ c
celery, medium dice
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½ c
white onion, medium dice
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5
cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
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½ c
red wine
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¼ c
red wine vinegar
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8 oz
canned chopped tomatoes
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1 c
chicken stock
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2
sprigs fresh thyme
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2
sprigs fresh rosemary
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1 c
cooked Israeli couscous or fregola sarda
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Preserved lemon peel, thinly sliced, for garnish
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¼ c
chopped green olives
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½ c
chopped mint or parsley for garnish
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Inexpensive cuts of meat, like lamb’s neck, are best when braised low and slow. With a little love and coaxing, you can transform it into the most flavorful, buttery, and fork-tender piece of meat.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a deep, heavy-based Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the lamb neck in a single layer and sear on both sides until well browned.
  2. Remove the lamb neck, wipe the pan, and add more oil to coat. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the red wine and vinegar and cook, stirring and scraping any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, thyme, and rosemary. Return the lamb neck to the pot, bring the liquid to a boil, cover, and transfer to the oven. Cook, turning the lamb once, until fall-off-the-bone fork-tender, about 2 hours.
  4. Serve over Israeli couscous or fregola sarda. Garnish with preserved lemon and fresh parsley.
  5. Remove the lamb from the cooking liquid. Strain the liquid and add to a pot. Skim off any fat (my lamb neck had very little fat). Cook over medium-high heat until somewhat reduced and becoming thicker and more flavorful.
  6. Serve the lamb (2 slices per plate) over fregola sarda. Drizzle with the reduced sauce. Garnish with preserved lemon and olives. Sprinkle with fresh mint or parsley.

Linda Schneider

Linda Schneider is a home cook who is obsessed with good food and all things local. Follow her adventures at Wild Greens and Sardines.

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