Yoda's Rootleaf Stew by Craig Claiborne

This recipe goes way back to 1983 when NPR debuted a new 10part radio drama based on The Empire Strikes Back Craig Claiborne was invited to create his own tasty version of rootleaf a succulent dish featured in both the film and radio versions If you remem

Cuisine: English

Main Ingredient: Lamb

Category: Main

Difficulty: 1/10

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Yoda's Rootleaf Stew by Craig Claiborne

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3 poundslean lamb or other meat
Salt to taste; if desired
pepper to taste; Freshly ground
6 tablespoonsoil, light or vegetable or other
6 cupsparsley; finely chopped
3 cupsonions; thinly sliced
1 tablespoongarlic; finely chopped
2 teaspoonsground coriander
2 teaspoonsground cumin
1 teaspoonground turmeric
2 tablespoonsginger root; finely minced
1 teaspoonhot green or red chilies; finely chopped, seeded
1/4 teaspooncardamon; ground
1/4 teaspoonground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoonground cloves
1bay leaf
3 poundsfresh spinach; well rinsed and tough stems removed.


11. Cut the meat into one inch cubes, and add salt and pepper to taste.
2 2. Heat half the oil in a heavy skillet and add the meat, turning to brown the pieces on all sides.
3 3. Heat the remaining oil in a Dutch oven or heavy casserole and add parsley, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often until the onions are wilted. Add the meat, coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger root, chilies, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir. (I add about 2 teaspoons salt at this point, then adjust at end)
4 4. Add water to cover, bring to boil and cover tightly. Let simmer about 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the meat is quite tender.
5 5. Meanwhile, drop the spinach into a kettle of boiling water with salt to taste and let simmer about five minutes. Drain well and run under cold water. Drain thoroughly.
6 6. Squeeze the spinach to remove all excess liquid. Place the spinach on a chopping block and chop coarsely.
7 7. Add the spinach to the stew and stir. Let simmer together about five minutes.
8 I like to serve this over white rice with steamed carrots.
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