Braised in red wine, this mild and rustic lamb dish takes 5 minutes to put together.
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Madeira, along with Marsala, Sherry, Vermouth, and Port are all fortified wines.
Fortified wine is wine in which additional alcohol has been added, the most common additive being brandy. The end result is a fuller, richer, tasting wine with higher alcohol. Personally, I've used fortified wine in recipes (see my Osso Bucco recipe in the test kitchen) with great success and I usually reduce the quantity by about a third if standard red wine is called for. However, since the Portuguese Lamb in Red Wine recipe consists of wine only (no stock or broth), and due the large quantity required, I wouldn't use a fortified wine for this application as it would be too intense and dominate the other flavours. What you would want to use is a medium bodied red wine with decent acidity. The acid will tenderize the Lamb and add a nice balance to the flavours. Best suggestions include a Chianti, Rioja, or Pinot Noir and stay away from the big fruit bomb new world Cabernets and Shiraz. Also, use a decent quality product. My rule of thumb is "if I can't drink it, I won't cook with it". Another thing, if you want to keep this dish truly regional, us a Portuguese red wine from Dão or Douro. They can offer great value so you can buy 3 bottles, 2 for the Braise, and 1 to drink with the meal. Good luck and let us all know how you make out!
You could certainly sear the meat first and yes, this caramelization would add some additional flavor to the dish. This recipe was adapted from a classic portuguese recipe - one that is quick, simple and delicious. Searing adds a bit more work but as with many recipes, feel free to adapt. This is a great idea.
Keep in mind Sharon that this recipe is for tougher cuts of lamb like shoulder chops or lamb leg. As you will learn in the cooking school, for tougher cuts, you use a moist heat method of cooking and cook for a much longer period of time. Just wanted to make sure that you weren't going to use a lamb rack or loin here as this would be best made using another cooking method. Cheers, Joe
Well I have ad this twice in the past week and I love it. Easy and so good, it really takes no time and the end result is a rich, tender dinner that your friends and family will love. I served it with gnocchi but next time will try a lighter pasta. I took the advice of one of the members about picking the right wine - all I have to say is good advice. If you can't drink it for dinner don't cook with it - spend that little bit more to get that nice bottle of wine - cheers
I prepared this recipe the night before, stuck it in fridge, and skimmed off the fat in the morning. About an hour before serving, I added some extra beef stock and put it on the stove over medium heat to warm up/reduce. This was killer served with the Rouxbe Moroccan Couscous, a watermelon-mint-feta sald, and champagne gelee with strawberries for dessert. Absolutely delicious, thank you!
An absolutely amazing marriage of a tough cut of lamb, onion, & wine, transformed into a rich, mellow sauce and melt in your mouth lamb.
Served over fresh cavatelli pasta, surrounded by vegetables made for a perfect meal.
Thank you 'Rouxbe'..
Here's a question about the amount of lamb shoulder which maybe seems a bit odd: in the recipe there's only a fragmentary information about the amount of lamb... As I'm not used to the U.S. customary units but only to the metric system, I'm not so sure about how much lamb is actually needed to serve 6.
Does "(1 1/2" mean one and a half lamb shoulders? Or is it really 1.5 lbs (i.e. about 750 grams)? Honestly, that does not seem to be enough to serve 6 (~110 g per serving) at a dinner party (at least when the the lamb and not the pasta should play the leading part...)
I'd rather prepare around 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) instead for six servings (making a serving of 250 g - which still seems a bit, hm..., how to put it, not very generous). Or am I competely wrong and just way too hungry?
Thanks for any help! =D
First of all, this should have read 1 1/2 inch thick lamb shoulder chops (I've corrected the recipe). Your butcher will be able to cut them like this for you if you ask. Most lamb shoulders are about the same size (given the size of the animal).
6 chops should be okay for four people, leaving a bit for 2nds or a good size portion for 4. It will also depend on how many courses you are serving at your dinner party. Because the shoulder chop contains quite a bit of bone, I'd suggest 7 to 8 oz (about 200 grams per person).
Hope this helps.
This is a good question. Really you can do either, I prefer "plain" or "sweet" but there are others that just love the smell and taste of "smoked" paprika.
When I do use smoked paprika, I tend to use only a bit, and I use it along with some plain paprika to balance it out. If you already know that you love smoked paprika, I say go ahead and use either that, or a bit of both. If you don't know if you like the smoked paprika, open up the can and smell it. If it smells delicious to you, then you will likely be okay to use some of it. If however the smell is too strong then I suggest using just regular or just a touch of the smoked.
Wow! I am ever going on hey! I guess you get the point :-)
Good Luck, hope this helps! p.s. Let me know what you decided to use, and how you like it!
I don't see why not. Of course the cooking time would be a bit longer and you may need a bit more liquid, but I am sure it would be good. It would really be more like cooking a pot roast which is essentially the same thing.
Just cover the meat about 1/2 way up the meat and then turn it at least 3 or 4 times during cooking.
For more info on combination cooking, braising, stewing and pot roasting you can check out the cooking school. Here is a link to the pot roasting lesson - http://ranges.rouxbe.com/school/sections/302/objectives
Hope this helps!
I'm going to attempt this delicious-looking recipe tonight! But I don't have a dutch oven, only a crock pot. Is there anything that I need to change with the recipe so that it works in a crock pot? Can I assume everything is the same? Thanks!