This dish experienced a surge in popularity after victor Katniss Everdeen first expressed her preference for it at her first interview with Caesar Flickermann. A hearty dish full of tender lamb, vegetables, and aromatic spices, it seems every restaurant in the Capitol still serves their own variation on this dish.
This, however, is how Katniss had it cooked: the vegetables and meat simmer together in a spiced broth that turns everything wonderfully succulent and just slightly sweet from the addition of the dried plums. It is a perfect comfort food.
For this meal, you will need either an oven-safe pan with lid (here, we use a cast iron pot) or a pan and a casserole dish, as this meal is slow-cooked in the oven for maximum flavour.
By September 12, 2013Published:
- Yield: 10 Servings
- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 45 mins
- Ready In: 2 hrs 15 mins
This dish experienced a surge in popularity after victor Katniss Everdeen first expressed her preference for it at her …
- 1 pound lamb stew meat
- 1 small handful dried plums
- 1 zucchini
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 medium onions
- 4 tomatoes
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger peeled
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Wash and chop your vegetables into roughly 1/2" pieces.
- Dice garlic and ginger.
- In an over-safe pan (with lid), heat a bit of olive oil. In this, sautee the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
- In a bowl, combine coriander, rosemary, cumin, fennel, salt, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix well.
- Add the meat to the spice mixture and turn it a bit to coat.
- Add the meat and the rest of the oil/spice mixture to the pan. Let it cook for about five minutes, just enough to brown the meat slightly. Remove it to a bowl.
- In the pan, which still contains oil and and leftover seasonings from the meat, add the onions. When they begin to grow translucent, add the sweet potatoes and zucchini. Give this a bit of a stir.
At this point, if you are cooking in an oven-safe pan, continue to the next step.
If you are NOT cooking in an oven-safe pan, transfer this to a casserole dish or similar, then continue with the next step.
- On top of this, add tomatoes, and then place your meat back in the pan.
- Tuck amongst the meat: dried plums, cinnamon stick, three bay leaves. Then add two and a half cups of water.
- Place pan in the oven. Let it cook for about half an hour so that the meat browns slightly.
Remove to either place the oven-safe lid on the pan, or cover casserole dish with aluminum foil. Allow to cook for another hour and fifteen minutes.
Remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick before serving (these are inedible).
Serve with wild rice.