Savona | Philadelphia, PA
Food has always been a family affair to Dominique Filoni. While
growing up in France, activities were often revolved around food.
Whether helping his grandmother prepare one of her legendary culinary
feasts, foraging for wild mushrooms and leeks with his uncle, tending
to the family garden, or searching for snails with his mother, Filoni
indulged in every opportunity to learn about food. By the time Filoni
was 16, he had already graduated with honors from the intensive
culinary program at the Lycee Hotelier Institute in Hyeres, France.
Fast forward through years of training both in France and America,
Filoni is now running the kitchen of Savona and making Philadelphia
diners stop and smell the…mushrooms.
Roast Lamb Shoulder Tagine
Chef Dominique Filoni of Savona – Philadelphia, PA
Adapted by StarChefs
Yield: 6 - 8 Servings
Tagines are Middle Eastern stews featuring meat or chicken gently
simmered with vegetables and spices. Traditional tagines are served
- 1 cup blended oil (½ cup olive oil and ½ cup vegetable
- 3 ½ pounds lamb shoulder, trimmed, bone-in
- 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the bias, ¼-inch
- 2 large Spanish onions, peeled, cut in half and sliced ¼-inch
- 1 bunch scallions, trimmed, cleaned and cut in half
- 2 Tablespoons cumin powder
- 1 Tablespoon cayenne
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 2 sprigs thyme, picked and chopped
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1 ounce Italian parsley, chopped
- Prepared couscous or Yukon Gold potato puree
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Pre heat small rondeau on stove top.
Once rondeau is warmed, heat blended oil in rondeau, add lamb and
sear on all sides. Cover the lamb with carrots, onions, and scallions.
Add cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add chicken stock and roast
for 20 minutes, uncovered. Once vegetables have browned, decrease
temperature to 300ºF. Cover with foil and cook for 2 ½
to 3 hours or until meat falls off the bone. Remove from oven and
cool slightly in pan. Remove meat from bone and place meat back
into rondeau with vegetables. Place roundeau back on stovetop and
bring to desired temperature. Add half of chopped parsley just before
Place meat on top of warmed couscous or Yukon Gold potato puree.
Garnish with remaining chopped parsley.