Tokana (Shepherd's stew)

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Tokana (Shepherd's stew)
Tokana (Shepherd's stew)
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:1168
Ready in:2 hours 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:2 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:19th January 2013

Tokana is a winter stew from the Carpathian mountains of Romania.


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  1. Render the trimmed fat in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  2. When the fat has turned to scratchings, remove and discard.
  3. Add the lamb, onions and garlic and fry until the meat is browned.
  4. Add the hot water or stock, the seasonings and the bay leaves.
  5. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Add the potatoes and simmer for a further 30 minutes, removing the lid towards the end to allow the stock to thicken.
  7. Once the potatoes are cooked, stir in the cream and the vinegar.

Serving suggestions

Serve hot with plenty of good bread.


There are many variations of this stew, for example you can add bacon, mushrooms, red wine, mustard or beer. The Hungarian version includes paprika.

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