Braised Lamb Ribs with Apricots and Onions

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Braised Lamb Ribs with Apricots and Onions

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4 as a main course
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:3 hours 20 minutes
Special equipment:10-inch skillet, one glass, ceramic, or enameled cast iron roasting pan, about 14 by 10 inches
This recipe appears in: The Nasty Bits: Lamb Ribs
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Ingredients

  • 1 half-rack lamb ribs, about 4 pounds
  • Spice rub:
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • A few tablespoons of oil for sautéing, or some trimmed off pieces of lamb fat

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the spice rub and set aside.

  2. 2

    Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the oil or lamb fat. Sauté the onions until they're softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. 3

    To assemble the braise: Cover the bottom of your pan with the sautéed onions and the apricots. Nestle the rack of ribs into the onions and apricots. Pour in enough water so that the ribs are 1/3 of the way submerged, about 2 cups. Cover the pan with foil.

  4. 4

    In the meantime, preheat the oven to 275°F. Braise the ribs in the oven until very tender, about 3 hours. Uncover the pan and turn the heat to 375°F. Continue braising until the fat on the surface is browned and the onions are very brown, about 30 minutes longer. Pour off the rendered lamb fat in the pan, setting it aside for another use.

    Serve hot or warm. Leftovers may be reheated in a 250°F oven until warm, about 30 minutes.

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