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  •  Black Sheep Stew (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, mikidee, tapestry

    Made with Guinness to thicken the gravy, of course.

    Thanks to Michael Carey, former editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News...

    2  1/2 pounds lamb
    1 ounce flour
    2 large onions
    1 pound carrots
    salt and pepper
    3 tablespoons oil or lard
    3 bay leaves
    10-12 ounces Guinness Stout
    2 teaspoons thyme
    1-2 teaspoons cider vinegar
    6 dried apricots

    Trim 21/2 pounds of lamb of its fat and bones and cut into small pieces. Cover pieces lightly with flour and season with salt and pepper.

    Heat oil or lard in fry pan, add three bay leaves and brown.

    Brown meat at medium heat in pan in three batches of equal size. Remove meat to sideboard.
    Scrape carrots, slice onions. Small carrots are fine. If using large carrots, split down the middle. Brown together until onions are soft. Keep carrots well-covered in oil so they remain whole during cooking. Place meat, bay leaves, carrots and onions in a pan that can be covered for oven use. Cover with 10 to 12 ounces of Guinness and add 2 teaspoons of thyme and let bubble.

    Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and half a dozen dried apricots cut in half or quartered.

    Mix thoroughly, place covered pan in oven at 325 degrees. About two hours and fifteen minutes should cook the stew. Add a teaspoon or two of cider vinegar a half hour before meal is done.

    The Guinness should be boiled down, meat and vegetables tender when stew is ready. Stew will be sweet -- but not caramelized. A caramelized dinner has been cooked too long.

    Some cooks may wonder about the apricots. The Irish are ever adaptive, especially abroad. Don't tell yourself "I am not using apricots because nobody in Cork would." Apricots are delicious in stew.

    Note: The stew can be served over egg noodles, rice or potatoes, or just as is.

    I made mine in my crock pot and set it on low, cooked about 4 hours and it was fine.

    "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

    by HarpboyAK on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:06:30 AM PDT

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