The Ouzi Lamb as served at Alforon in San Diego, California, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Season 30.
Recipe courtesy of Alforon

Ouzi Lamb

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 10 servings



Ouzi Rice:

Beurre Noisette:


  1. For the lamb: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven and sear lamb all around until nicely browned. Remove to a roasting pan and drizzle with apple cider vinegar.
  3. Add diced garlic, then onions to the Dutch oven and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add Burgundy, Marsala, sherry, salt, allspice, pepper, cinnamon and 1 1/2 quarts water and let it simmer a few minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, rosemary and the contents of the Dutch oven to roasting pan with the lamb. Cover it tight and roast until tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  5. For the ouzi rice: Meanwhile, add ground beef to a hot pot and cook, stirring and mashing constantly, until cooked, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Place oil and onions in same pot and cook until tender. Add the rice and stir all together, then add the ground beef, salt, allspice, cinnamon, pepper and 4 1/2 cups water. Cover and cook on really low heat for 40 minutes.
  7. For the beurre noisette: Cook the butter in a small saucepot until it starts to brown, then add almonds and pine nuts and continue to cook until toasted.
  8. Serve chunks of lamb over ouzi rice. Top with beurre noisette and serve with yogurt.