Classic shepherd's pie gets a Moroccan update with heady, aromatic spices in the filling and a garlicky whipped chickpea topping in place of the usual mashed potatoes.
Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2013
1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of lamb to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove lamb from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining lamb. Add onion and carrot to pan, and sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 4 teaspoons garlic, and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper); sauté 30 seconds. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in lamb, 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, apricots, and raisins. Bring to a simmer; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro and 1 tablespoon juice.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°.
3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons chicken stock, 2 garlic cloves, and chickpeas in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Spoon 2/3 cup lamb mixture into each of 6 (7-ounce) ramekins. Top each serving with about 3 tablespoons chickpea mixture. Lightly coat chickpea mixture with cooking spray. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
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