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Connemara Lamb casserole with a Lebanese twist


 
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simonj
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Connemara Lamb casserole with a Lebanese twist Reply with quote

This recipe is based on Lebanese cuisine so the combination of herbs
and spices makes this casserole spicy but not hot.
To make it hot, add 1/2 tsp of Harissa paste or some chili's.
It's a great way to prepare the cheaper, tougher but more
flavoursome cuts of lamb like shoulder.
Its a deliciously warming, spicy one-pot dish that's easy to prepare
- great winter food.

You can use stock cubes, but I don't see the point
in this when you are trimming the chops anyway,
and the home made stock can be used for more
than one meal, so as a gardener and cook you
get great value for money and delicious winter soups.

For more details on the stock, just check out my garden blog
- link in signature.

400g lamb shoulder chops, boned and trimmed
- the bones and trimmings are retained.
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, sliced
1 leek, sliced
2 tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tbsp oregano,
400g skinned, de-seeded chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
500ml lamb stock
Salt
black pepper

FOR THE CASSEROLE
Toss the lamb in a mix flour and spices
(ground coriander, turmeric and cayenne)
just like with the Hungarian style liver on the blog

Fry the lamb gently for 2-3 minutes or until brown.
Add the garlic, onion, oregano and leek
Cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft.

Place in the casserole dish.
Add remaining ingredients.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cover and place in a preheated oven 170°C for 2 hours
or until tender.
Or, alternatively, cook very gently on the hob in a heavy
based pot on the lowest heat for 2 hours or until tender.

As an oven dish, it can be served with baked
potato's to save on energy,
but I really like it with rice or cous cous.



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sal
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Location: kerry

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that sounds really nice,in fact i am going to buy the lamb next time i set to the butchers,must check out your blog,
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