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Lamb with Chickpeas

Lamb with Chickpeas

Lamb with Chickpeas
Photo: Meat
From: Anito Lo, Annisa, NYC. Yield: varies.

Tagine Broth:
3 lamb shanks, lightly roasted
as needed, olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, smashed
1 pinch cumin
1 tsp. hot paprika
1 large pinch saffron infused in 3 cups white wine
1 pint tomatoes with juice, crushed
1 large stick cinnamon, or 2 smaller ones
2 bay leaves
1 sprig cilantro
1 sprig parsley
as needed, chicken stock to cover
to taste, salt and pepper

Shank Roulade:
meat from above, picked
garlic from above, mashed
tomato bits, if any, from above
to taste, salt and pepper
3 Tbsp. softened butter
grated zest of 1 lemon

as needed, black chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked in water (add salt during last 5 minutes of cooking)
as needed, baby turnips, baby carrots and baby leeks, blanched, shocked, then reheated and seasoned

1 qt. chickpea flour
2 qt. water
¼ cup olive oil
to taste, salt and pepper

as needed, channa dal, soaked overnight
to taste, salt and harissa powder

1 lb. fatty lamb, ground
1 clove garlic paste
1 shallot, minced finely
1 tsp. hot paprika
1 large pinch cumin
1 large pinch coriander
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. harissa
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
to taste, salt and pepper

Black Sesame Sauce:
as needed, black sesame paste
as needed, garlic paste
as needed, lemon juice
as needed, water
to taste, salt and pepper

Lamb Tenderloins:
1 package lamb tenderloins, cleaned
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. chopped garlic, pasted
2 tsp. cumin, or to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil

as needed, red wine sauce

3 oz. guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed
to cover, hot water
1 Tbsp. hot paprika
1 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. cumin
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
to taste, salt and pepper

For tagine broth: Sweat the onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper and add to the pot. Add cumin and paprika; stir. Add white wine with saffron. Bring to a boil and reduce by three-quarters. Add tomatoes, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, parsley and cilantro; cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil and skim, then turn to a simmer and cook for 3½ hours until meat is falling from the bone. Fish out the shanks, bay leaf, cinnamon, cilantro and parsley; season remaining broth to taste with salt and pepper. 

For roulades: Remove lamb meat from bones and mix with any large chunks of garlic or tomato from broth, plus butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll into a thin sausage in plastic wrap and tightly tie the ends. Refrigerate until set.

For panisse: Mix all ingredients in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until a thick paste has formed. Spread into a half pan greased with olive oil. Chill. Cut into squares and dust with quick-mixing flour before sautéing.

For merguez meatballs: Make sure meat is cold. Mix with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings, then roll into mini meatballs and cook in a little of the tagine broth.

For black sesame sauce: Mix all ingredients together. Taste, adjust seasoning, then place into a squeeze bottle.

For lamb tenderloins: Marinate lamb no more than 6 hours in advance. Mix lemon juice, cumin, olive oil and garlic together, then with the cleaned tenderloins.

For harissa: Soak the chiles in hot water until soft, then puree with remaining ingredients in a blender, adding the oil a little at a time. Taste and adjust seasonings.

For chana dal: Boil until soft but not falling apart, then cool in one layer on a sheet tray. Allow to dry well. Deep-fry at 350°F, then toss with salt and harissa powder.

To serve: Season tenderloins with salt and pepper and grill to desired temperature. Saute the panisse until browned on both sides. Reheat tagine broth, roulade and meatballs and place in the mini tagine. Garnish with reheated black chickpeas and blanched mini carrots and turnips. Serve tenderloins on the other side of the plate, on a spoonful of red wine sauce, dotted with black sesame sauce and harissa, and flanked by the panisse topped with crispy chana dal.

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