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Hunger Games: Katniss' Favorite Lamb and Dried Plum Stew

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As soon as I picked up the Hunger Games, I was hooked. I became somewhat fascinated with all of the food that was described in the book, especially the lamb and plum stew that Katniss ate in the Capitol. (as soon as I find the passage, I will post it on here).

Becuase I am going to culinary school right now, I knew I had to try my hand at making this particular dish (especially because I love lamb anyway). I've worked on developing this recipe for a few weeks, ending up with this result.
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

Most of these things are fairly straight-forward and cheap. However, be prepared to shell out a bit of money for the lamb meat, it's quite expensive. I found mine for around $7.50/lb.

2.5lbs lamb meat (you can use any you like. I used leg, because that's what I could find)
1 tbsp sugar
4 smallish-medium carrots
2 large red potatoes
a good handful of pearl onions (about 15-20)
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup flour
1.5-2 quarts beef broth
1 cup dried plums
3/4 cup frozen peas

prep
lamb: debone the meat, and cut off any fat or skin there may be on it. Cut into 1" cubes.

carrots and potatoes: peel and dice. For the carrots, slice them, and cut any slice that is 3/4" or larger in half.

Onions: peel and slice in half.

Plums: cut in half

Step 2: Meat

To start off, heat a little bit of oil in a pot.

Put in the meat (you can cook in multiple batches), making sure it's in one layer (don't overcrowd the pan). Transfer to a holding vessel as it cooks. (I used a large measuring bowl)

Return the meat to the pan. Add the sugar and stir. Cook the meat a bit longer, caramelizing it. Take it back out of the pan. Add some water or red wine to the pan to lift the good brown stuff (called fond) on the bottom of the pan. This is all pure flavor.
I always wondered what that dish would be like! Thanks for sharing.
TechNerd1012 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
No problem!
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