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Carnero Con Ajo (Mutton with Garlic)

half a leg of mutton or lamb -- *see NOTE
40 sm or 20 large cloves garlic
olive oil
meat stock
small tin of tomato paste
6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 t paprika
salt


*NOTE: get the butcher to cut it in rounds 1- inch thick leaving the bone
in the middle


Peel the garlic but do not chop it. Heat plenty of olive oil in a deep pan
and brown the slices of meat on each side, two at a time. Lower the heat
and when all the slices of meat are browned put them in the pan and add the
whole cloves of garlic. Allow them to stew a little but not to brown.


Carefully add enough stock to just cover the meat, together with the tomato
paste, peppercorns, bay leaf and paprika. Add salt to taste and simmer
very gently for 1- 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat begins to come away
from the bone.


This is best served with plenty of boiled potatoes. The garlic flavor is
not as strong as one might expect as the garlic is stewed whole and slowly.
The sauce may be thickened with a little cornflour if desired.


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