Tavas - Cypriot Lamb Hotpot

Tavas is a simple hot pot from Cyrus and Greece. But when I say simple, I only mean in technique, the flavor is amazing. A delicious lamb and potato pot that takes 5 minutes of prep work, no sauteing onions or browning meat in batches. So perfect for a winter weeknight dinner but tasty enough for company or a big Sunday dinner.

2 lb. lamb stew meat
1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
2 lb. yellow potatoes
1/4 c. olive oil
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 - 4 roma tomatoes
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. salt
black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a large cast iron pot layer the lamb, onions, and potatoes.  Season with the olive oil, 3/4 tsp. salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix everything together. Sprinkle the top with cumin seeds and chopped parsley. pour the water evenly over the top.

Layer the top with thickly sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining salt and drizzle with more olive oil. Place in the over, covered, for 2 hours. 

Remove the lid and turn the oven to broil. Cook for about 5 - 10 minutes or until the exposed potatoes take on a little color. 

Remove for the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 

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  1. Perfect recipe in my book....easy peasy and delicious.

  2. Yum! I love how easily this comes together! Perfect for a chilly day like today.

  3. That sounds delicious! I love how easy it is yet it's so flavorful!

  4. I love how easy this is, but it looks and sounds delicious. I'm fairly sure I will have had this on one of our trips to Cyprus but can't quite remember since sometimes we weren't ordering, but either way I'd love to try at home.

  5. Love how easy this recipe comes together! I can just imagine how wonderful it must taste!!!

  6. lamb is my favorite meat and I would love this stew for dinner. So easy to put together also!


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