Lamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit Penso

Lamb Stew with Tomatoes, Okra and Dried Apricots

Lamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots This hearty and tasty lamb stew is very easy to prepare. Once all the ingredients are assembled in the pot, all that is needed is to bring it to the boil and then finish the cooking by baking it gently in the oven.
Served with fresh rustic bread or white rice (preferably Bastmai) it is the perfect dish for dinner on a chilly day.

Notes:
* In order to keep the okra whole while cooking, see THIS recipe for instructions on how to prepare it.
* If you can’t find fresh okra, frozen and thawed can be used instead.
* For a leaner version, keep the prepared stew in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Once the fat hardens, remove it with a spoon and reheat gently.
* Dried yellow plums or prunes can substitute the dried apricots.

Makes: 4-6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking/baking time: 3½ hours

Ingredients:
3.5 lbs (1.6 kg) bone-in lamb shoulder chops
2 cups beef or chicken stock
2 medium onions, diced
½ cup chopped parsley
2 tsp fresh thyme
1 Tbs Herbs de Provence
1 tsp celery seeds
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 Tbs honey
1 can (14.5 oz, 410 grams) diced tomatoes
About ½ lb (225 grams) fresh okra pods (see notes)
12-14 dried apricots

1. Preheat the oven to 250F (120C). Place the meat in a large pot, in one layer. Pour the stock on top.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the diced onions, herbs, spices, salt, honey and diced tomatoes. Mix well and add to the pot. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium-high heat. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Lamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit Penso
3. Scatter the okra and dried apricots on top and cover the pot again. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200F (95C) and continue baking for 2 hours. Uncover the pot and bake for 30 minutes longer, until the top caramelizes a bit. Let stand in the pot for 10 minutes before serving.
Lamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit PensoLamb Stew with Tomatoes ,Okra and Dried Apricots Ronit Penso

53 thoughts on “Lamb Stew with Tomatoes, Okra and Dried Apricots

  1. judilyn says:

    Amazingly, my Louisiana boy doesn’t like okra, so I’ve never given it a fair shake. It looks interesting, though. I like the “Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts Compound Butter” reference above, though. Also, the “Corn Muffins with Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese” draws me in. I have all the ingredients for the muffins, and the current cornbread block is just about all toasted up. Might be a nice change up.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    • Tasty Eats Ronit Penso says:

      I know a lot of people who don’t like okra because of the sliminess it can produce if not cut and cooked properly, as you can see in the link.
      I’m glad that by that you’ve found other recipes that you’ve found interesting. The compound butter is something I keep in the freezer and it’s so handy with all kinds of dishes.
      The stuffed corn muffins are always a hit. Hope you’ll enjoy both. :)

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  2. ChgoJohn says:

    This sounds like a wonderful way to prepare a lamb stew, Ronit. I’ve not much experience with okra but this sure sounds like the way to get that experience. Love, too, the use of tehe dried apricots. Every bite of this stew would be a treat.

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  3. lazymomcooking says:

    I have never tried to cook lamb.. Honestly I worry if I cannot cook well so the meat will not be soft.. Any tips? Really want to try this

    Please visit or follow my blog (www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com) or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas :)

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    • Tasty Eats Ronit Penso says:

      This stew is very easy to assemble, so it can be a good place to start.
      The tip I have is to follow the instructions of slowly cooking the stew in the oven in low temperatures. This will result a soft yet moist meat, almost falling off the bones.
      I hope it helps. :)

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