Oaxacan Lamb in Spicy Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

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Oaxacan Lamb in Spicy Tomatillo Sauce
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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F with rack in middle.
  2. Put avocado leaves in bottom of a heavy medium pot with a tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle lamb shanks all over with 2 teaspoons salt and arrange in pot (they don't have to be in 1 layer). Roast, covered, until meat is very tender, about 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, slit chiles lengthwise, then stem, seed, and devein. Tear chiles into roughly 1-inch pieces (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). Heat a comal or large heavy skillet (not nonstick) over medium heat until hot, then toast chiles, stirring constantly, until more pliable and slightly changed in color, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. (Chiles will crisp as they cool.)
  4. Cover tomatillos with water in a medium saucepan and simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well, then purée with chiles, garlic, cilantro, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a blender (in batches if necessary) until chiles are ground to small flecks.
  5. Transfer shanks to a cutting board to cool. Strain lamb juices remaining in pot into a glass measuring cup. Let fat rise to top and skim off. Coarsely shred meat, discarding bones.
  6. Heat oil in a heavy medium pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then cook one fourth of tomatillo sauce (it will spatter), stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add remaining sauce and lamb juices and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add lamb. Thin sauce with water if necessary. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 4 minutes.
  7. Cooks' notes: ·Lamb can be roasted and shredded 3 days ahead and chilled. Chill juices separately; discard solidified fat. ·Lamb in sauce can be made 2 days ahead and chilled (covered once cool).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 751.59 Kcal (3147 kJ)
Calories from fat 466.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51.85g 80%
Cholesterol 229.82mg 77%
Sodium 125.98mg 5%
Potassium 971.98mg 21%
Total Carbs 10.91g 4%
Sugars 6.89g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3.7g 15%
Protein 56.35g 113%
Vitamin C 22.6mg 38%
Iron 7.9mg 44%
Calcium 42.5mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 154.7 Kcal (648 kJ)
Calories from fat 96.05 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.67g 80%
Cholesterol 47.3mg 77%
Sodium 25.93mg 5%
Potassium 200.06mg 21%
Total Carbs 2.24g 4%
Sugars 1.42g 28%
Dietary Fiber 0.76g 15%
Protein 11.6g 113%
Vitamin C 4.7mg 38%
Iron 1.6mg 44%
Calcium 8.8mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.6
  • 19

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium

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