Looking for a Hunger Games recipe to impress your book club? Alicia has our backs with this lamb stew recipe Katniss would love.
“What’s impressed you most since you arrived here?” I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. Be honest, I think. Be honest. “The lamb stew,” I get out. Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audience has joined in. “The one with the dried plums?” asks Caesar. I nod. “Oh, I eat it by the bucketful.”
Catching Fire, the second movie of The Hunger Games trilogy, hits theatres this month. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know it’s worth staying up for a midnight showing. Put your hair in a Katniss-style braid, practice your archery, and sit down before the show for your own Hunger Games-inspired comfort food: lamb stew with dried plums.
A bowl of this thick, rich stew will chase away the fall and winter cold. The secret to the tender lamb and layered flavor is the low and slow cooking. The stew simmers for almost two hours, cooking down fresh herbs and dried plums into a gravy-like broth. It’s easy to see why Katniss found a rare comfort in the capital’s lamb stew.
Lamb Stew with Dried Plums from The Hunger Games
recipe adapted from Spinach Tiger
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 cloves minced garlic
2 large onions, sliced lengthwise
2 cups sliced celery
4 cups beef stock, divided
12 oz. dried plums (prunes)
2 cups sliced carrots
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
Have you read The Hunger Games series? What’s your favorite winter comfort food?