Makes 4 Servings
2 lb (1-inch-thick) lamb shoulder chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1 pinch saffron threads, crumbled
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 large carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup pitted prunes
1/2 cup dried apricots (preferably Turkish)
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 large sweet potato, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 cup Mustapha’s green olives
2 teaspoons Ritrovo Selections Acacia Honey
Freshly grated nutmeg
- Cut lamb from bones, reserving bones, then cut meat into 1-inch pieces.
- Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a flameproof wide shallow casserole with a tight-fitting lid over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown meat on all sides in 2 batches, transferring to a plate as browned. Brown bones and transfer to a plate.
- Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to tagine and cook onion, stirring, until softened. Return meat and bones to pot. Stir in water, saffron, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer mixture, covered, stirring occasionally, until lamb is tender, about 1 1/4 hours.
- Transfer lamb to a clean plate and add any meat from lamb bones, discarding bones.
- Add carrots and sweet potato to pot, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are barely tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add ginger, cinnamon, prunes, apricots, and squash, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until vegetables and fruits are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Return lamb to stew and add honey. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
- Serve over couscous, cooked according to package instructions.