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Oct 12 2008

Recipe War Week #{Lost Fucking Count}: First Meat Course

OK. My dear competitor Dr. Isis the Scientist is soundly beating the living shit out of Comrade PhysioProf in the Recipe War. But Comrade PhysioProf never gives up, and never stops fighting to the bitter end. And hey, Comrade PhysioProf and Comrade PhysioWife have been enjoying the motherfucking fuck out of all the great dishes Comrade PhysioProf has been devising! This week’s recipe is Lamb Shoulder Braised in Guinness and Cranberry Sauce, served with couscous.

Ingredients

2.5-3 pound lamb shoulder
extra-virgin olive oil
24 ounces Guinness stout
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1 large and 1 small red onion
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons tomato paste
pinch of allspice
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons molasses
1.5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 pound yams

Directions

(1) Heat stout, balsamic, and cranberries to a boil, and then take off heat and allow to steep for a couple hours.

(2) Season lamb with salt and pepper and sear at high-heat in dutch oven with olive oil until nicely browned.

(3) Wipe out dutch oven, sautee sliced onions in olive oil until not quite translucent, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add garlic and sautee until onions are translucent. Add tomato paste and sautee a few minnutes more, until the aroma of tomatoes is blowing your mind.

(4) Add the pork lamb, one cup of water, and everything else except the yams, and bring to a boil. Then cover the dutch oven and put in a 300 degree oven, allowing to braise for one hour (turning the lamb over halfway through).

(5) Add the sweet potatos, and then braise for two more hours, turning over the lamb every half hour.

(6) Take out the lamb shoulder.

(7) Pull off the bone.

(8) Cook the couscous: Boil 1.25 cups of chicken broth. Add one cup of couscous. Take off heat, cover, and wait five minutes. Fluff with a fork.

(9) Plate the lamb and couscous, pour gravy and yams on the shit, and eat!!!

Needless to say, copious Jameson should be drunk throughout the cooking process. Please check out lovely Dr. Isis’s recipe here, and vote here.

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  1. 1
    Isis the Scientist

    (4) Add the pork, one cup of water, and everything else except the yams, and bring to a boil. Then cover the dutch oven and put in a 300 degree oven, allowing to braise for one hour (turning the lamb over halfway through).

    Did you cook pork or lamb, PP? How are we supposed to cook it if we have to magically transform lamb to pork to lamb halfway through?

  2. 2
    drugmonkey

    blame the jameson…

  3. 3
    Comrade PhysioProf

    HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have made this recipe with pork or lamb shoulder.

  4. 4
    drdrA

    You get extra points this week for all of your cooking, so the (undoubtedly) hardworking Mrs. Physioprof can put her feet up when she gets home from work. It looks delicious!

  5. 5
    MissPrism

    You get my vote! Dr Isis has been exceptionally generous with the delicious recipes this week, but in true exam marking style I can only give credit for the set question of one meat dish.

    (This one sounds like an interesting variation on lamb in Shrewsbury sauce, which is possibly my favourite meat dish EVER. Shrewsbury sauce has red wine or port rather than Guinness, gets its fruity edge from redcurrants rather than cranberries, and is spiced with bay and rosemary.)

  6. 6
    Physiogroupie IV

    I don’t like carnitas. Maybe you will win this round.

  7. 7
    Nan

    Think you finally got my vote.

  8. 8
    bikemonkey

    Physiogroupie there is something seriously fucking wrong with someone who does not like carnitas. Now admittedly the form varies a lot. And much of what passes for carnitas suck total ass. but a perfectly accomplished plate of copper cooked carnitas (demerits for crockpot, isis!) has few peers in this world. Throw a coupl’a fish tacos on the side….oh man.

  9. 9
    Physiobabe

    This is another good one, Prof. Guess what? You got my vote!

  10. 10
    ScientistMother

    I heart lamb. You got my vote. that shit looks good!

  11. 11
    Stephanie Z

    What the hell did you do, look up all my favorite things to put them in one dish? I’m not remotely hungry, but this has me drooling. This deserves the Redbreast.

  12. 12
    FIA

    Am impressed. Will cook next time I see a nice piece of lamb. Hmm.

  13. 13
    Abel Pharmboy

    Gotta try this one – I’m also a lamb fan. And hey, who cares if you beat Isis so long as PhysioTrophyWife is enjoying the fruits of your labors. She totally rocks in my book so you keep her happy there, chief!

  14. 14
    Bora Zivkovic

    That lamb looks fucking awesome (looks around – I can swear around here?)! Made me hungry.

  15. 15
    Physiogroupie IV

    bikemonkey, seriously fucking wrong or not, i already voted. shrug.

    fish tacos sound pretty good. is there a taco battle coming up?

  16. 16
    Dr. A

    My dear competitor Dr. Isis the Scientist is soundly beating the living shit out of Comrade PhysioProf in the Recipe War.

    Maybe it’s because your dear competitor has God on her side

    Although I think Jesus preferred lamb to pork.

  17. 17
    Isis the Scientist

    I am sensing some passive-aggressiveness towards Dr. Isis in the blogosphere from Dr. A here and on her own blog. I’m really not sure what’s going on around here….

  18. 18
    Candid Engineer

    I haven’t been on the ball with blogging this week and the poll is already closed. But the lamb looks great. My favorite (if unaffordable) meat of all.

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