Chili with Lamb and Black Beans

Course : Vegetables
Serves: 8
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1 3/4 cup Black beans, sorted rinsed
2 quart Water, or more as needed
2 pound Lamb bones
4 sprigs Thyme sprigs
4 sprigs Parsley sprigs
1 piece Bay leaf
3 clove Garlic clove, crushed
6 tablespoons Olive oil
2 large Onions, yellow, chopped
1 1/2 pound Lamb shoulder, ground
2 tablespoons Chili powder
1 dash Salt as needed
2 tablespoons Ginger, fresh minced
2 tablespoons Thyme, fresh minced or 2 teaspoon Thyme, dried crumbled
2 teaspoon Thyme, dried crumbled
1 tablespoons Jalapeno, seeded, deveined
1 1/4 teaspoon Marjoram, dried, crumbled
3/4 teaspoon White pepper, fresh ground
3/4 teaspoon Black pepper, fresh ground
3/4 teaspoon Pepper, cayenne
3/4 teaspoon Allspice
2 pound Italian tomatoes, chopped
1 1/4 cup Wine, light zinfandel

Preparation / Directions:

FOR BEANS: Soak Beans overnight in 2 qt. Water. In a large saucepan, bring Beans to a bOil. Add lamb bones and bouquet garni and 1 crushed garlic clove. Reduce heat and simmer till Beans are tender but not mushy. Skim occasionally and add more Water if necessary to keep Beans submerged. 2 hrs. FOR CHILI: Heat 3 T. Oil in large heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Add Onions and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add 2 cloves garlic, minced, and stir about 3 minutes. Transfer Onion and garlic mixture to a plate, using a slotted spoon. Add remaining Oil to pan. Increase heat to med. high. Add lamb and cook until no longer pink, breaking up with spoon, about 6 min. Return Onion mixture to pan; add Chili powder, Ginger, thyme, red Chili, marjoram, Peppers and allspice. Stir 5 minutes. Add Tomatoes ( and half of their liquid, if canned). Bring to a bOil then reduce heat and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add 3/4 c of Zinfandel. Simmer, skimming occasionally, for 30 minutes. Drain Beans and reserve the cooking liquid. Discard the bones and garni. Add Beans and remaining Zinfandel to Chili mixture. Salt and season as necessary. Simmer 30 minutes, adding bean cooking liquid as needed to keep Chili moist (or soupy, as you like it). This Chili is best made ahead and allowed to season in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Reheat before serving.

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