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Capitol Lamb Stew with Plums & Cranberries

Author: Lorin Cook

Servings: 8


  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, if needed
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, cut in quarters
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup cabernet wine
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish mustard
  • 6 small red potatoes, peeled
  • 3 small carrots, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup Stapleton’s Gourmet Dried Plums


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium and then cook the diced bacon until almost crisp. Remove to plate, leaving the bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Combine seasoned salt, pepper and flour in a large bowl. Add lamb and toss to coat.
  3. Add additional olive oil, if needed, to the bacon fat and brown the lamb on all sides in large Dutch oven.
  4. Add onion, mushrooms, garlic and wine to stew in Dutch oven.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, oregano and mustard ; stir well. Pour over stew
  6. Bring liquid to a boil in Dutch oven, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Add the cooked bacon, potatoes, carrots, cranberries and Stapleton’s Gourmet Dried Plums.
  8. Cover and simmer for 2-3 more hours or until tender.
  9. Prepare long grain wild rice as directed.  Place the rice on each dish and spoon meat, veggies and fruit on the plate using a slotted spoon.
  10. Spoon pan drippings over the stew and serve.
  11. Take a taste and see why this was Katniss’ favorite part of the Capitol!

Served on a bed of long grain wild rice, you can win any “battle” with this hearty stew. Capitol Lamb Stew is a winner, just like The Hunger Games. My daughter, in fourth grade, is a huge fan, and so am I!! Protect yourself from the enemy… gear up with Capitol Stew and Stapleton’s Gourmet Dried Plums!

About the Author:

Lorin Cook is a recipe-developing, Mother of 4 kids. She is a self-taught, home-chef who loves to come up with the unthinkable! She taught herself her cooking skills by watching the Cooking Channel while on bedrest for 5 months with her twins!


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