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Lamb Squazetto with Soft Polenta

2 lb Lamb shoulder meat, in 2" x 1" cubes
4 tb Olive oil
1 md Onion, sliced 1/4" thick
4 oz Smoked pancetta, in 1/4" cubes
1 tb Fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 Sprig thyme
1/2 ts Caraway seeds
1/2 ts Fennel seeds
3/4 c Dry white wine
3 tb Tomato paste
1 c Chicken stock
1/2 c Basic tomato sauce
1 Recipe basic soft polenta


Season lamb pieces with salt and pepper. In a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add lamb pieces 5 to 6 at a time and brown on all sides. Remove and repeat for all lamb. When lamb is cooked, add onions and smoked pancetta and cook until onion is softened and starting to brown, about 9 to 11 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme, caraway and fennel and stir to blend. Add wine, tomato paste, chicken stock and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Add lamb and juices on plate and return to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Remove cover, check seasoning and serve with soft polenta Yield: 4 servings



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