Along with goat, lamb is one of my favorite meats. I am a huge, I mean H.U.G.E fan of Indian cuisine, and I always order a goat curry or a lamb vindaloo when we go out to eat. That, and some naan bread. And perhaps a samosa chaat to start. Oh, and don’t forget the Masala dosa. And the mango lassi. Uh, yeah. I LOVE Indian food. Usually, I can’t move afterwards, but that’s neither here nor there.
Now, if I had to choose between and Indian stew or an Ecuadorian stew… Well, that’s a tough one. I love both of them for different reasons. I love the former for its heat and spice complexity, but I cherish the latter because it reminds me of home.
Recently, the folks over at Mountain States Rosen Company, a lamb and veal cooperation, contacted me to see if I would be interested in creating a recipe using one of their lamb products. In the name of lamb love I said, YES! And what better way to use lamb than in a traditional Ecuadorian stew, like a seco de borrego.
I’ve made seco de chivo (goat stew) before, but I wanted to try a different approach to making seco this time around. The basics of the refrito didn’t change, but instead of using naranjilla juice which is traditional, I opted for using a light beer instead. Although the flavor components are different, it is common to interchange these two ingredients in Ecuadorian secos. The naranjilla juice or the beer help tenderize the meat and take away some of the gameyness goat and lamb have. I also wanted to make the cooking process of the stew as effortless as possible, keeping in mind that many of us don’t have the time to oversee the stovetop for hours. In order to solve this issue, I decided to use a crockpot. The result was a rich and flavorful, oh-so-tender lamb stew, which goes perfect over a bed of yellow rice with some fried sweet plantains on the side. Did I mention that the crockpot is one of my favorite tools as of late? Now, ya know.
** Mountain States Rosen provided the lamb sample to create this recipe. The recipe and opinions are mine. No monetary compensation was received for this posting. Gracias. **