Lamb Chops and Ratatouille

Serves:  4;   Cals per portion:  405

Ingredients: 

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 aubergine, halved and sliced
  • 8oz (225g) courgettes
  • ½ pt (300ml) passata
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 8 lamb chops

Step One – Saute onion and garlic in oil in a large pan for a few mins, then add peppers, aubergine, courgettes, passata and a few sprigs of fresh basil.  Season and simmer for about 20 mins, adding a little water or wine if needed.

Step Two – Grill, fry or griddle lamb chops for about 10 mins each side until tender.

Step Three – Serve the chops on a bed of ratatouille and garnish with the rest of the basil.

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Crispy Lamb & Poppadom Carrots

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine and is taken from the book : Salad Feasts: How to assemble the perfect meal by Jessica Elliott Dennison. 

This dish is full of great textural contrasts : crunchy poppadoms, smooth cooling yogurt, creamy chickpeas and aromatic spiced lamb; all of which are brought to life with pink pickled onion and a big dollop of mango chutney.

Crispy Lamb and Poppadom CarrotsIngredients (Serves 4)

  • ½ red onion
  • 2 limes
  • 300g minced lamb (around 15-20 per cent fat)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ – 1 tsp chilli flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 4 carrots (a variety of colours is nice if you can get them)
  • 6 small poppadoms
  • 100g radishes, finely sliced
  • 400g tin chickpeas in water, rinsed and drained
  • Small bunch (20g) coriander
  • 2 ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 20g fresh ginger, peeled
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • 70g mango chutney
  1. First, peel the onion, slice into half-moons as finely as you can – a mandolin if handy for this – then place in a small bowl. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime, then set aside to lightly pickle.
  2. Next, put a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the lamb and mustard seeds and cook for 5-6 minutes until caramelised.  Reduce the heat to low.  Add the ground cumin, coriander and cinnamon, chilli flakes and salt, then cook for a minute.  Turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the hob so the lamb stays warm.
  3. Top, tail and peel the carrots then shave ribbon lengths (stop once it gets too hard to peel the core) and transfer to a platter. Roughly crush 2 of the poppadoms and scatter them over the carrots along with the radishes and chickpeas.  Pick over the coriander leaves.
  4. At this stage, the onion should be bright pink and nicely pickled. Add the oil and honey to the bowl. Finely grate the ginger, then squeeze in the juice (discard the grated root).  Stir to combine.
  5. To assemble, scatter the onion over the carrots and gently toss with your hands, ensuring all the vegetables are coated in dressing (squeeze in more lime if it feels to dry). Spoon over the warm crispy lamb to finish, then serve with the rest of the poppadoms, yogurt, mango chutney and wedges of the remaining lime.

Slow-cooked Lamb with Pomegranate

slow cooked lamb with pomegranateThis recipe is courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

Serves: 6   –   Prep time: 10 mins    –    Cook time: 4 ½ hours plus 20 mins standing time

Cals per serving: 258   –   Fat: 15g

Ingredients: 2kg (4 lb) lamb shoulder (with bone); Olive oil; ½ tsp ground cardamom; 1 tsp ground cinnamon; ½ tsp crushed chillies; salt and pepper; 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled; 1 long red chilli; 3 tblsp chopped fresh mint; Seeds from 1 pomegranate; Crushed or ground sumac; 2 tblsp pistachios

  1. Heat the oven to 150oC (gas mark 2).  Rub the lamb with a little olive oil.  Combine the cardamom, cinnamon, crushed chillies, salt and pepper and rub over the meat.  Place in a roasting tin and add enough boiling stock or water to come to a depth of 5mm (¼ in), then add the garlic and whole long chilli.  Cover with foil and cook for about 4 hours.  Check every 30 minutes to make sure the stock hasn’t evaporated, adding more water if needed.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 180oC (gas mark 4).  Return the tin to the oven, uncovered, for a further 30 minutes.  Remove and allow the lamb to rest for about 20 minutes.
  3. While the lamb is resting, if you wish to make a sauce to accompany the lamb, reduce the cooking liquid by a third by boiling it.
  4. Shred the warm meat and arrange on a platter. Stir through the chopped mint and top with pomegranate seeds.  Sprinkle with a little sumac and the pistachios and season to taste.
A contraption to make preparing Pomegranate easy 🙂

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder

This recipe courtesy of Easy Living Magazine.

Slow-cooked lamb shoulder

Comfort Food – Italian Style

Serves : 6  –  Prep Time : 10 mins  – Cook time : 4 hours  –  Cals per serving : 325  –  Fat : 15.8g

Ingredients:  1 shoulder lamb (with bone); Olive oil; Boiling chicken or beef stock, or water; 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled; 3 sprigs thyme; 1 x 400g (13oz) tin chopped Italian tomatoes; 1 x 400g (13oz) tin cannellini or borlotti beans, drained.

 

  1. Heat the oven to 150oC (gas mark 2).  Rub the lamb with a little olive oil and season well with salt and black pepper.
  2. Place the lamb in a roasting tin and add enough boiling stock or water to reach a depth of 5mm (¼ in), then add the garlic and thyme.  Cover with foil and cook for about 3 ½ hours.  Check every 30 minutes to make sure the stock hasn’t evaporated, adding more water if needed.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 170oC (gas mark 3).  Add the tomatoes and drained beans to the roasting dish and return to the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  4. Let the lamb rest in the juice for about 20 minutes.  Remove the garlic and thyme.  Skim off any fat and season to taste.  Serve the juice with the lamb.

Lamb Biryani

Recipe Courtesy of Psychologies Magazine November 2015

Lamb BiryaniThe deep, complex flavours of this vibrant, colourful curry make for a satisfying autumn supper.  Neck of lamb is ideal for this dish; it is one of the cheaper and more flavourful cuts of meat and the lengthy cooking tenderises it, so the end result will be meltingly soft.

Serves : 4  – Preparation Time : 10 mins  –  Cooking Time : 1 hour 30 mins

Ingredients: 2 tblsp grapeseed or rice bran oil; 750g lamb neck, cut into 2cm pieces; 40g ghee or butter; 2 small red onions, halved, thinly sliced; 3 tblsp finely grated ginger; 6 garlic gloves, finely chopped; 2 cinnamon sticks; 1 ½

tsp ground turmeric; 2 tsp garam masala; 1 tsp ground chilli; 2 tsp green cardamom pods, cracked; 2 tomatoes, halved, coarsely grated, skins discarded; 50g raisins; 130g Greek-style yogurt; 400g basmati rice; ½ tsp saffron threads, soaked in 2 tsp hot water; roasted cashews, mint leaves and coriander sprigs, to serve

Step One: Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over a medium-high heat.  Season the lamb with salt and sear for 5 minutes to brown.  Remove and set aside.

Step Two: Add the ghee to the pan, together with the onions, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, garam masala, chilli and 1 tsp of the cardamom pods.  Cook for 5 minutes until fragrant, stirring, so the spices don’t burn.

Step Three: Stir in the tomatoes, raisins and yogurt, then return he lamb to the pan and reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 1 ¼ hours, until the lamb is tender, stirring occasionally.

Step Four: When the lamb is almost ready, cook the rice in salted boiling water with the remaining cardamom pods until tender.  Drain.  Put half the rice into a bowl and stir through the saffron and it’s soaking liquid.  Keep warm.

Step Five: Spoon half the plain rice onto a platter, then half the saffron rice.  Spoon the lamb over the top, followed by the remaining plain rice and then the remaining saffron rice.  Serve with roasted cashews, mint leaves and coriander sprigs.

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Psychologies Magazine:

Moussaka

Moussaka

Currently in Corfu and had this for lunch so thought I would add a recipe.

Serves : 4  –  Cals per portion : 575  –  Prep time : 20 mins, plus standing  –  Cooking time : 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients: 1 aubergine, trimmed and sliced; salt and ground black pepper; 2 oz (50g) butter; 2 tblsp vegetable oil; 2 onions, peeled and sliced; 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed; 1 lb (450g) lean minced lamb; 1 tblsp tomato puree; ¼ pt (150ml) lamb stock; 1 tsp dried thyme. For the sauce: 1 oz (25g) butter; 1 oz (25g) plain flour; ½ pt (300ml) milk; 2 oz (50g) cheddar cheese, grated; 1 egg, size 3, beaten

 

 

  • Place the aubergine on a plate and sprinkle with salt. Leave to stand for 30 mins. Rinse well and pat dry.
  • Preheat the oven to Gas 4, 350oF, 180oC. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan and fry the aubergine, turning frequently, for 3-4 mins or until golden on both sides. Remove from the pan, drain and reserve.
  • Add onions and garlic to pan, fry for 4 mins, then add lamb and continue to cook for 5 mins. Add tomato puree, stock and thyme, then season well and transfer to a baking dish.
  • To make the sauce: Melt butter in a pan, add flour and cook for 1 min. Remove from heat and stir in milk and cheese. Return to heat, season, and bring to boil, stirring frequently, Remove from heat and beat in egg.
  • Layer aubergines over lamb mixture, then pour sauce on top and cook in oven for 45 mins, or until cooked through. Serve with mixed salad.

A few things Greek that you may like:-

Lamb Fillet with Onion Marmalade

Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients: 1 fillet of lamb, weight approx. 1 – 1 1/2 lb; a bunch of rosemary sprigs and six garlic cloves, cut into large slivers; 1 large glass of red wine and 4 tbsp of olive oil.

For the marmalade: 3 thinly sliced Spanish onions; 125g (4oz) butter; 2 tbsp brown sugar; 3 tbsp raisins; 1 glass each of red wine and red wine vinegar

1. To make the marmalade, heat the butter and stir in the onions one by one. Cover and cook on a low heat for as long as you can (up to 1 hour) Remove the lid, boil fast, season, add the remaining ingredients and boil fast again, until the wine has disappeared.
2. Meanwhile, make small incisions all over the meat with a sharp knife and insert a small sprig of rosemary and a sliver of garlic in each slit. Place in a dish, pour over the wine and marinate for as long as you can (up to 1 hour). Remove the meat, wipe dry with kitchen paper and brush with olive oil. Season.
3. Cook the lamb over hot barbecue coals (or under a hot grill) for about 10 minutes on each side, covered and over a drip pan, if possible. Turn from time to time and baste with marinade – the lamb should be brown and charred, but still pink inside, according to taste.
4. Slice thinly and serve with the marmalade and chargrilled green beans.

Luxury Shepherd’s Pie

Turn a humble shepherds pie into an extra-special supper by adding red wine and fresh herbs to the lamb mince, then top with a really rich and creamy mashed potato. To make cottage pie, use lean good-quality beef mince instead.

Serves: 6; Cost £7.70; Time to prepare: 40 mins; Time to cook: 1 hr 20 mins; Cals per portion: 685

Ingredients: 15ml (1 tbsp) oil; 1 large onion, chopped; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 900g (2 lb) minced lamb; 225g (8oz) carrots, diced; 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped; 15ml (1tbsp) freshly chopped oregano; 30ml (2 tbsp) tomato puree; 30ml (2 tbsp) worcestershire sauce; 150ml (1/4pt) red wine; 300ml (1/2 pt) lamb stock; 100g (4oz) mushrooms, sliced; 1.3kg (3lb) potatoes, peeled; 75g (3oz) butter; 90ml (6 tbsp) milk; 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

  • Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic until golden brown. Add the minced lamb to the pan and fry until browned all over, stirring all the time. Drain off excess fat then add the carrots and three-quarters of the leeks.
  • Stir in the oregano, tomato puree, worcestershire sauce, red wine and stock, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 mins, stirring occassionally. Add the mushrooms to the pan after 20 mins.
  • Meanwhile cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 15-20 mins, until tender. Drain well, then mash the potatoes with the butter and milk until smooth and creamy. Taste and add a little more seasoning if necessary.
  • Spoon the mince mixture into a large ovenproof dish. Top with mashed potato. Fry the remaining leeks in half the olive oil for 2-3 mins, then sprinkle the rest of the olive oil over the mash. Bake at 200oC, 400oF, Gas 6 for 30 mins until golden.

TIP: To freeze, spoon the mash on top of the mince, then leave to cool. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen at 190oC, 375oF, Gas 5 for 1 – 1 1/2 hours until piping hot.

Lamb Stir Fry

Serves: 4;  Preparation:  30 mins;  Calories/Fat:  256 cals/13.3g;
Sodium/added sugar:  0.4g/0.4g

Ingredients:  2 tbsp vegetable oil; 1 pack lamb escalopes, weighing about 350g (12oz) shredded; 2 large carrots, halved lengthways and thinly sliced; 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced; 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced; 2.5cm (1 in) piece fresh root ginger, grated; 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped; 1 x 150g pack mangetout and sugar snap peas, mangetout cut in half lengthways; 2 tbsp oyster sauce; 1 tbsp lemon juice.

  • Heat a large wok or frying pan over high heat and add 1 tbsp oil.  Stir-fry the lamb for 1 min until browned then remove from pan with any juices.
  • Reheat the wok.  Add 1 tbsp oil and stirfry the carrots, onions, pepper, ginger and chilli for 2 mins. Return the meat and its juices to the pan.  Add the peas and stir-fry for 1 min.
  • Stir in the oyster sauce and lemon juice and toss well until heated.  Season and serve with coconut rice or noodles.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Guinness

A recipe by Gary Rhodes

You can’t beat a drop of the Irish black stuff to add body and flavour to a simple roast lamb dish, says Gary Rhodes.

You’ll go a long way to find a richer grave than this one, flavoured with Guinness and sugar to give it a lovely glaze.  I often roast potatoes in with the lamb – you can imagine the flavours they pick up!  Serve the lamb and potatoes with buttered spinach and the gravy.

Serves:  4-6

Ingredients:  3 lb (1.5kg) leg of lamb, boned and rolled; salt and pepper; 1 tblsp cooking fat; fresh rosemary sprig; 10fl oz (300ml) Guinness; 2oz (50g) brown cane sugar; 10fl oz (300ml) gravy or 10fl oz (300ml Crosse & Blackwell Bonne Cuisine Madeira wine gravy

  • Preheat the oven to 200oC/400oF, Gas Mark 6.  Season the lamb with the salt and pepper.  Place in a roasting tin with the cooking fat and brown the lamb on top of the stove.  Add the rosemary sprig and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and pour in the Guinness.  Baste over the lamb.  Return to the oven and continue to roast for 45 minutes, basting frequently.
  • Remove lamb from the oven, sprinkle the sugar on top and roast for 5-6 minutes.  Remove from the oven, baste the lamb and roast for 10 minutes.  The lamb should now have a rich glaze, and there should be some liquor in the pan for the gravy.
  • The total cooking time of around 1 hour 15 minutes will give you medium pink lamb.  If you prefer your lamb well done, continue to cook the joint for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • Once roasted, remove the lamb from the roasting tin and leave to rest.  Remove any excess fat from the pan juices, leaving the Guinness liquor.  Add the gravy orMadeirawine gravy and bring to the boil.  Season to taste then strain through a sieve.
  • The lamb is now ready to carve.  Pour the gravy over the meat and serve with roast potatoes and buttered spinach.