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Lamb Stew with Fennel, Lemon, and Crispy Fried Bread

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  1. 2 1/2 pounds - boneless lamb shoulder or leg, 2" pieces
  2. 1 tablespoons - canola oil
  3. 6 - garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 4 - anchovy fillets (optional)
  5. 2 - large shallots, finely chopped
  6. 1 - large fennel bulb, coarsely chopped
  7. 1 tablespoons - fennel seed
  8. 1 tablespoons - cumin seed
  9. 2 tablespoons - tomato paste
  10. 1/2 cups - dry white wine
  11. 28 ounces - (28-oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  12. 2 - dried bay leaves
  13. 3 tablespoons - olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  14. 1 tablespoons - Aleppo pepper
  15. 1 - Preserved Lemon, thinly sliced
  16. 2 tablespoons - fresh marjoram leaves


Season the lamb with salt and black pepper. Heat the canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add about half the lamb. Cook, stirring every so often, until the lamb is well browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a bowl or plate while you sear the rest of it.

Once the second batch of lamb is seared, drain off any excess fat.

Return all the lamb to the pot and add the garlic, anchovies, shallots, fennel, fennel seed, and cumin seed. Cook, stirring and scraping up any bits on the bottom, until the fennel has softened and is starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it?s a dark brick-red color, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and really get in there with the spatula or wooden spoon, scraping up all the bits on the bottom (yes, there are more bits).

When ready to serve, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the torn bread and stir it around so it soaks up a lot of that olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally (but try not to squish the bread; you want it fluffy), until the bread is golden brown and crispy on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the Aleppo pepper, and toss to coat.

Top the stew with the preserved lemon, marjoram, and fried bread.




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