Lamb With Sweet Potatoes Cinnamon and Preserved Lemons
This delicious and hearty meal is made in just one pot.
- 2 lbs. boneless lamb shoulder or leg
- 1 tsp. Maldon sea salt
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. each: ground cinnamon, cumin and coriander
- Pinch of Saffron
- 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 large shallots, peeled and quartered
- ⅓ cup whole roasted almonds
- 16 pitted prunes
- 2 tbsp. chopped preserved lemons
- 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Trim the lamb of fat and cut the meat into 3" large chunks.
- all over with salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil in a large, lidded casserole pan or Dutch oven or Tagine dish
- Over medium heat on the stovetop.
- Sear the lamb in two batches, turning over until well browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Return all lamb to the pot and sprinkle the spices overtop, turning to coat evenly.
- Add the cinnamon sticks and stock to the pan and bring to a boil. Cover the pan with the lid and bake in the oven for 1½ hours or until the lamb is very tender.
- Add the shallots, almonds, prunes and preserved lemons, stirring to combine. Place the sweet potatoes on top of the lamb. Put the lid back on the casserole and bake for another half hour.
- Remove lid and bake for half an hour more or until sweet potatoes are beginning to caramelize. Serve with fresh mint.
If you don't have preserved lemons readily available, you can quickly make an acceptable substitute by thinly slicing a fresh lemon and sautéing it slowly in olive oil, a little sugar and salt until very tender. Chop into small pieces and use the same as preserved lemons. Preserved lemon has a somewhat mellower, less acidic quality than fresh lemon, which is why I would not substitute fresh