After reading my blog posts over the past year, my boyfriend wanted to contribute one of his specialties. This simple and flavorful dish is typical of home cooked meals in Turkey that aren't served in restaurants. It's a dish to be cooked with love and enjoyed with family and friends.
When we cooked this together I was surprised at how these simple ingredients come together. And, just how well plain Greek yogurt complements the meal. I know, it seems odd. Try swirling some in and you'll be hooked as I am.
Slow-Roasted Turkish Lamb Stew with Green Beans serves 2 with leftovers 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 pound lamb stew meat (you can also use beef stew cuts like chuck) 2 cups chopped green beans 3 small tomatoes, chopped (about 2 cups) 2 cups cooked rice 1 cup Greek yogurt Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft but not browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Cut lamb into slightly larger than bite size pieces and trim excess fat. Add lamb to onions, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides, stirring and turning pieces as necessary. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes. Add green beans and cook for an additional hour. Add tomatoes and cook 20 minutes more. Lamb should be tender, not tough, when pierced with a fork. Serve hot over rice with a spoonful (or several, if you're Turkish) of yogurt on top.Related: Behold the Simit: A Very Crusty Turkish Bread (Images: Stephanie Barlow)