No Ticket to Morocco Needed for This Flavorful Dish

    Try this tasty recipe, which makes 6 servings, with Shiraz or a red blend.



* 4 lbs. fat-trimmed boned lamb shoulder, rinsed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

* 2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced

* 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

* 1 tablespoon paprika

* 1 tablespoon ground cumin

* 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

* 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

* 2 1/2 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth

* 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes

* 2 tablespoons tomato paste

* Salt and freshly ground pepper

* Fluffy couscous (In a large bowl, mix 3 cups couscous and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add 1 quart boiling fat-skimmed chicken broth and stir gently; cover tightly and let stand until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender to bite, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste; mix and fluff with a large spoon or fork.)

* 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives

* 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Brown lamb. Discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan.

2. Add onions and garlic to pan; stir often over medium heat until onions begin to get limp, 3 to 5 minutes. Add paprika, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and cardamom; stir until very fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, tomatoes (including juices) and tomato paste. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lamb is tender when pierced, about 1 hour. Skim off and discard any fat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. On dinner plates or a large rimmed platter, mound couscous and form a well in the center. With a slotted spoon, transfer lamb and vegetables to well. Measure pan juices; if less than 3 cups, add water to make that amount, return to pan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Pour juices into a bowl and pass to add to taste. Scatter olives and cilantro over lamb.


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