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         HAMMIN DI PESACH (LAMB, MEATBALLS & SPINACH FOR PASSOVER)
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Meats                            Italian
                 Holiday
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1                    Chicken breast (2 halves)
                         -ground
    4       ts           Olive oil
    1                    Egg -- slightly beaten
    2       tb           Matza meal*
    8       c            Chicken broth
                         -salt
                         -freshly ground black pepper
    1       d            Nutmeg
    2 1/2   lb           Lamb,breast of or rib chops
    2                    Garlic cloves -- sliced
    2                    Parsley, Italian sprigs
                         -coarsely chopped
    1       c            -Warm water
    2       lb           Spinach,cooked and slightly
                         -drained
    4                    Matzot -- regular, broken into
                         -large pieces
 
   * Matza meal and Matzots may purchase in some supermarkets and Jewish
   grocery stores.
   
   (The word Hammin (or Hammim) is derived from the Hebrew adjective Ham or
   warm which describes certain dishes that are kept warm for prolonged
   periods of time...In Pitigliano, however Hammin was the classic one-course
   meal for Passover that both rich and poor used to make. The only difference
   between the versions was the in the cuts of meat used. Poor people used
   breast of lamb..and meatballs made with beef (when the cost of ground beef
   was a fraction of the cost of chicken.) People who didn't have to worry
   about the cost used tiny rib chops from baby lamb and chicken balls."
   
   Combine ground chicken, 1 Tbsp olive oil, egg, matza meal and 2 Tbsp broth
   in small bowl. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste and mix well. In large
   pot, place the lamb with remaining oil, sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 1/4
   tsp pepper and lightly brown for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, parsley and 1 cup
   of warm water. Form many tiny bowls with the ground chicken mixture and
   gently add to pot with lamb. Cover and simmer 1 to 1/2 hours. Add spinach
   and 1 Tsp salt and simmer, covered, 15 minutes longer. Transfer the lamb
   chops, half the spinach and most of the gravy to a hot serving dish and
   keep warm. Add remaining broth to pot and bring to a boil. Add matza pieces
   and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let stand 5 minutes before
   serving as a soup. Serve the lamb and spinach as the main dish. SERVES: 6-8
  
 
 
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