In the book, The Hunger Games, the favorite dish of the young heroine Katniss is none other than lamb stew with prunes. It’s a delicious Moroccan-style dish with a rich variety of spices, that all comes together thanks to some delicious prunes. So, if you have a hankering for a rich, exotic stew on a rainy day or just want to pay tribute to the young Katniss, try this Moroccan-Style Lamb Stew with Dried Plums -see below for recipe.
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1/2 cup chilled SUNSWEET Prune Juice
1 tsp honey
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1 medium banana, peeled
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2 to 2 1/2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, well-trimmed of exterior fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup flour
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
3 cups chicken stock
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup D’Noir Prunes, diced
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
1/4 cup golden raisins
6 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
Preheat oven to 325º F
Toss the lamb in the flour. In a large dutch oven pan (or oven-safe stock pot with a tight fitting lid), heat olive oil over medium/medium-high heat. Add the lamb to the pan in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. (Cook in batches, if necessary. Do not overcrowd the pan.)
Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside. Reduce heat to medium. Add the carrots and onions to the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender and golden.
Sprinkle the cinnamon, cumin, ginger, salt and pepper over the carrots and onions. Stir to coat. Cook for one more minute. Then, return the lamb to the pan.
Add the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover and place the pan on the middle oven rack. Cook for 1-1/2 hours, then add the sweet potatoes and dried fruits.
Cook for 20-25 minutes more, until sweet potatoes are tender, but not mushy.
Finally, stir in the fresh mint. (If the sauce is thicker than desired, use additional chicken stock or water to thin it out.) Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, as desired.
Serve over hot buttered noodles or with crusty bread.
Source: Deline, A. (March 22, 2012) The Hunger Games: Katniss's favorite dish. In The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved April 10, 2012, from http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Food/Stir-It-Up/2012/0322/The-Hunger-Games-Katniss-s-favorite-dish
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