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Lamb Baked with Orzo

Try this classic Greek recipe from chef Vefa Alexiadou's "Vefa's Kitchen" cookbook for a warm and filling family dinner.

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 1/4 pounds lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2-to-2 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups pureed tomatoes, peeled, fresh or canned
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound 2 ounces orzo pasta
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 tomato, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated kefalotiri or Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add lamb, working in batches if necessary, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Return lamb to skillet and add pureed tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium nonstick skillet. Add orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer orzo to a large baking dish or six individual sized baking dishes.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer lamb mixture to baking dish or dishes with orzo. Carefully add hot water to dish and cover with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to oven; bake for 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Step 5

    Remove baking dish from oven and top lamb with tomato slices and cheese; season with salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, adding a little more water if necessary, until liquid is almost completely absorbed and pasta is al dente, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately with more cheese, if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009

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Reviews (1)

  • 4 Apr, 2010

    Congratulations Vefa for your new book and your apearance at Martha's show Shes so nice and sweet everybody here in Greece loves her