*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                              Basque Lamb Stew
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Crockpot
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         -----BASIC STEW-----
    1 1/2  pounds        Boneless lamb shoulder
    1      cup           Stock
      3/4  cup           Onions -- chopped
      1/2  tablespoon    Garlic cloves -- crushed
                         -----THIS VARIATION-----
    6      medium        Carrots -- 3/4 pcs
   12      ounces        Turnips -- 3/4 pcs
      1/4  teaspoon      Thyme leaves
      1/4  teaspoon      Rosemary -- crumbled
      1/2  teaspoon      Black pepper
    1      cup           Chicken stock
    2      tablespoons   Flour
      You may substitute pork shoulder or beef chuck for the lamb. Use beef 
  stock for beef, chicken stock for pork or lamb.     Basic stew: Trim meat 
  of fat and cut into 1-1/2 chunks.  Bring all ingredients to boil in 4-qt 
 pot, cover tightly, reduce heat,  and simmer 2-1/2 hours, until meat is 
 tender. Crockpot directions: pile  all ingredients into crockpot and cook 
 all day on LOW. When done: skim off  and discard fat.     It takes less 
 than 8 minutes to assemble this stew.  Then you can pay it little or no 
 attention as it simmers for about 2-1/2 hours. Make multiples of the basic 
 stew, then divide stew into  4-serving portions; refrigerate or in 
 airtight containers for up to 5  days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw 
 in microwave-safe container on  defrost or in refrigerator for 24 hours.   
  To assemble: bring basic stew, vegetables, and spices to boil in 3-qt 
 pot.  Reduce heat, cover, and  simmer 15 minutes, stirring twice, until 
 vegetables are almost tender.   Whisk chicken stock with flour until 
 blended. Stir into stew and simmer,  uncovered, 5-7 minutes, stirring 
 occasionally, until gravy is slightly  thickened and vegetables are 
 tender.   This stew is also good made with  beef or pork.
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