Australian Lamb Marsala with Braised Winter Squash
• 8 Australian lamb shoulder chops
• 1 cup flour
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 ½ cups Marsala wine
• ½ cup chicken broth
• 1 cup sliced mushrooms
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 shallot, chopped
• 3 cups winter squash or pumpkin, diced into ½ inch pieces
• 1/3 cup chicken broth, water or wine
1. Trim the chops, season to taste and dredge in flour. Heat oil and butter in a large frying pan and add chops. Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat or until chops are well browned.
2. Pour in wine, broth and mushrooms. Reduce heat and slow braise, covered for 20-30 minutes, or until lamb is tender. You may need 2 pans for this, or sear in batches then stack in a larger pan for braising, rotating chops during cooking.
3. Remove meat from pan, cover with foil. Continue to simmer sauce on a higher heat until thickened to desired consistency. Return lamb to pan with the sauce and heat through, spooning sauce over chops.
4. While lamb is braising, cook the squash. Heat olive oil in a separate, non-stick pan and add shallot. Cook for 1 minute, add squash, and stir for additional 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. Add broth and turn heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
Serve lamb marsala over the braised squash.