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Brochettes of lamb

Bobotie  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time:1 hour 30 minutes

Cooking time:45 minutes


3 slices of bread
1 cup + 1/2 cup milk, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, roughly chopped
4 teaspoons medium curry powder
1 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano, basil, marjoram)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 pound ground beef or lamb
1/2 cup fruit chutney
3 tablespoons sultana raisins
Zest and juice of one medium lemon, divided
4 teaspoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper
2 large eggs
4 bay leaves Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Soak the bread in 1 cup of milk.
Heat the olive oil in a wide skillet set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, and cook until soft.
Add the curry powder, mixed herbs, ground cumin, turmeric, and garlic, and stirring constantly, allow to cook for a minute or two until the garlic is soft.
Add the ground meat, and cook, stirring frequently to break up any big chunks, until browned.
Once the meat is browned, remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the chutney, raisins, all the lemon zest, half the lemon juice, tomato paste, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, give it a taste, and add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as desired.
Squeeze the milk from the bread, reserving the milk for later, and tearing the bread into small pieces. Mix the bread into the beef mixture, and spread evenly into an oven-proof dish.
Strain the milk that has come from the bread, and add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Beat in the eggs, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Pour this over the meat, and scatter the bay leaves on top.
Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Braised leg of lamb cleopatra  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:3 hours

This is a recipe from restaurant Daniel in New York City. It is great. Rubbing the leg of lamb with a combination of 11 spices, then baking it slowly for 3 hours with a vegetable garnish produces an exquisitely tender and aromatic dish.
1 whole leg of lamb
8 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups onions, chopped
4 cups carrots, chopped
3 cups celery, chopped
2 cups fennel, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, minced
4 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup italian parsley, chopped

Spice mix
Combine the following spices, all ground
2 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons allspice
1 tablespoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon cardamon
1 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon star anise
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
a pinch cloves

Couscous
1 pound instant couscous
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup golden raisins, small
3 tablespoons sweet butter
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons coriander, chopped Blend the spices into a blender to obtain a fine powder.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove lamb hip bone.
Make 18 incisions all around meat with a small knife. Insert small garlic sticks in meat.
Rub lamb with 4 tablespoons of the spice mix, and salt and pepper. Heat olive in a deep roasting pan, brown the lamb on all sides over high heat.
Add remaining garlic, onions, carrots, celery, fennel, and jalapeño. Stir well. Add tomatoes, 1 tablespoon spice mix, and salt. Cover pan, and roast for 1 hour.
Add hot chicken stock to lamb; Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees. Cover and cook another 2 hours. Turn lamb every 20 minutes.
Remove lamb from pan with vegetables. Add parsley to sauce with salt and pepper; Spread couscous into a casserole. Pour hot chicken stock, honey and 1/2 tablespoon spice mix, and raisins over couscous. Cover. Remove from heat. Add butter, pine nuts, and coriander leaves. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Arrange lamb and vegetables on a platter. Cover with sauce. Carve meat and serve with couscous.

Brochettes of lamb  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:15 minutes


1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boned leg of lamb into 16 cubes
2 medium red peppers
2 medium onions, peeled Combine in the bowl of a food processor thyme leaves, rosemary, garlic, and parsley. Process until mixture is minced. Transfer to a bowl, and add pepper and olive oil.
Transfer the marinade to a shallow dish, about 10 inches long. Cut the peppers and onions into 1 1/2-inch squares pieces.

Thread the lamb on four 12-inch metal skewers alternately with the peppers and onions.
Put the brochettes in the marinade, turning them so that they are well coated.
Let them marinate at room temperature for 2 hours or longer, turning them every 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the brochettes with salt and pepper.
Broil or grill them over high heat, turning them occasionally, for 12 minutes or until the lamb is well browned.
Serve the lamb brochettes with rice or couscous.

Crown roast of lamb in a parmesan-sage crust  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:55 minutes


1 crown roast of lamb
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
salt and ground pepper to taste Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place the roast, crown side down, in a roasting pan. Bake for 35 to 55 minutes according to he degree of doneness.
Meanwhile, combine the sage, Parmesan, bread crumb and garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Remove the roast from the oven and pat the sage mixture on the outside of the roast.
Bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven. Cut the roast and serve immediately.

Curried lamb  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:2 hours


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 medium onions
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 heaping tablespoon good curry powder
chicken stock
1 cup Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 banana
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup raisins
1 Granny Smith apple
Serve with rice and chutney Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In oven-proof skillet, heat up oil to a smoking point. Brown the lamb pieces.
Peel and chop onions finely. Mix with he lamb and brown lightly. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, flour and curry.
Blend well with the lamb and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Cover the meat with chicken stock. Stir well until sauce thickens. Add the chopped garlic clove, diced apples and sliced banana. Bring to a boil. Add thyme and bay leaf.
Cover pot and place in oven for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until meat is tender.
Transfer the pieces of lamb to a clean pot. Strain the sauce over the meat, pressing with a ladle to extract all the sauce.
Peel, core and dice the apple. Combine with the raisins and blend into the curried lamb.
Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Transfer to a serving dish. Serve with rice and chutney.

Eggplant and lamb cake with a garlic jus  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes


For the lamb medallions:
12 lamb chops from the rack
salt, freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

For the lamb jus:
3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
10 coriander seeds
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine

For the vegetables:
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 large eggplants, peeled, ends trimmed, and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 large tomatoes, cored, peeled, and sliced
1/4 inch thick
2 cups white mushrooms, caps only, sliced
1 cup onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 pounds spinach leaves, stems removed, thoroughly washed, drained and blanched in boiling water
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped For the lamb medallions:
Bone and trim lamb chops. (reserve the trimmed bones for the jus)
Flatten medallions slightly on a cutting board using a mallet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large roasting pan on high heat on top of the stove with olive oil. Brown lamb chops on each side, 2 minutes for rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, 5 to 7 minutes for well-done.
Remove the lamb and set aside to cool.
For the lamb jus:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add the reserved lamb bones to the roasting pan and roast in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, onions, cumin, and coriander seeds and roast for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place the pan on the stove. Add the tomato paste, stir well, add the white wine, and reduce over high heat until all the moisture is evaporated. Add 1 cup water, simmer gently, and reduce.
Strain over a small bowl and set the sauce aside. Discard the sauce and herbs.
For the vegetables:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush a baking pan with olive oil. Place the eggplant strips side by side in the pan. Brush the top with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
Bake the eggplant in the oven until soft, lightly roasted and golden, about 20 minutes.
Finish cooking under the broiler if necessary. Remove the eggplants with a spatula and set aside to cool.
Use the same pan, brush with olive oil. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Arrange the tomato slices in the pan and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until baked and lightly dried.
Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive in a heavy skillet.
Sauté mushrooms over high for 5 minutes. Add onions and cook for 5 more minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.
To assemble cake, line the bottom of an 8-inch springform cake pan (or regular cake pan lined with parchment paper) with the cooked slices of eggplants, placing the narrow end of the eggplant in the center of the mold and the large end resting over the rim of the mold. Slightly overlap the next slice on the first one and continue lining the pan with the remaining eggplant slices.
Spread the mushroom mixture over the eggplant. Place the baked tomatoes over the mushrooms. Flatten with a spoon. Place the lamb medallions over the tomatoes. Place the spinach over the lamb. Press to flatten. Fold the large ends of eggplant slices over spinach. Press down firmly with a spatula or a plate. Heat the lamb in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Heat the lamb jus.
To serve:
Invert the eggplant cake on a round platter and unmold it. Serve the warm lamb jus on the side. Cut cake into wedges around lamb medallions.

Florentine lamb chops  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:20 minutes


8 lamb chops, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
10 ounces cooked spinach, drained and chopped
6 ounces cream cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt Brush lamb chops with oil, season with thyme and black pepper.
Broil 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until desired doneness. Remove from broiler, cover and set aside.
In a saucepan, combine cream cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, onion and nutmeg. Cook over low heat while stirring for 10 minutes or until cream cheese is melted. Add the spinach and blend well.
Heat for 5 minutes.
Arrange spinach mixture on a serving platter, top with lamb chops. Season with salt.

Herb roasted leg of lamb  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time:30 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup pitted oil cured olives, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 pound fresh spinach, stemmed, steamed until barely wilted, squeezed as dry as possible and finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 (5-6 pound) leg of lamb, boned, butterflied and slightly flattened
olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy skillet. Add garlic, olives and walnuts. Sauté, stirring, for 1 minute. Add spinach and sauté 2 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Lay lamb out flat. Spread spinach mixture over the lamb. Roll up lengthwise and tie tightly in several places with kitchen string. Rub olive oil over all of the roast. Combine herbs and seasonings on a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the tied roast in them until the outside is well covered, pressing the seasonings into the lamb well with your hands.**
Place the roast in a roasting pan. Roast 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and roast for 40 minutes longer, or until thermometer inserted into the centre reaches 140 degrees for medium rare (cook longer for more well done). Remove roast from oven and let stand, covered at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

**At this point, the roast can be refrigerated, well cover ed, for several hours or overnight before cooking.

Honey-hoisin grilled lamb chops  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:15 minutes


8 double thick lamb chops, trimmed

For the honey hoisin marinade:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper To make the marinade:
In a medium-size bowl, mix together all the marinade ingredients. The marinade can be stored in a lidded glass jar for 4 days.
Place lamb chops in a large mixing bowl, and toss them in the marinade. Allow to marinade for one hour.
Preheat oven to broil. Remove the lamb chops from marinade, and place on a rack resting on a shallow roasting pan.
Broil as close to the heat source as possible for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the chops over and continue broiling fro another 5 to 6 minutes.
The finished chops should be pink and juicy with a dark brown crust. Serve immediately.

Irish stew  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:2 hours


8 medium potatoes, sliced
1/4 inch thick
5 large onions, peeled and sliced
5 pounds boneless lamb neck and shoulder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme freshly ground pepper to taste
2 pounds carrots, peeled and carve into olive shapes
1 tablespoon chopped parsley Spread potato slices in a 5 quart stew pot or Dutch oven.
Cover with one half of the onions and the meat. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper.
Arrange remaining onion on top. Half cover the ingredients with water, and bring to a boil.
Remove foamy part on surface. Cover pot. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Add carrots and more water if necessary; cover and continue cooking for another 30 to 40 minutes or until the meat and carrots are tender. Serve hot sprinkled with chopped parsley.
Note: the stew may also be baked in a 350 degree oven.

Kabuli pulao  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time:20 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

Serve with naan and Afghan green sauce and garlic yogurt sauce. This will balance the richness of the dish.
2–4 tbs char masala
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1.5 lb lamb
350 grams julienned carrots
250 grams of raisins
1/4 C sesame oil
2 sliced onions
4 chopped garlic cloves
salt
2 Tablespoons of sugar
3 Cups Rice 1. Rinse your rice. You want to make sure the water runs clear. This cloud water is the starch you that don’t want. Makes for sticky rice. (Good for other dishes, not this one) Let the rice soak.

2. Next, we are going to prepare the lamb. Break out your instapot, pressure cooker, or regular pot. Add your sesame oil and heat. Add your onions. Add your roughly cut garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and then add cumin.

3. Next we will add our lamb. Then add tablespoon of salt. Finally, add 3 Cups of water. I cook in my instapot for 25 minutes on high pressure. If you cook in a regular pot it will probably take about an hour. You want the meat to be fork tender.

4. While your meat is cooking, next cook your carrots and raisins. Add to pan some vegetable oil. Then, add your shredded carrots. This will not take long, cook until soft. Place on your foil.

5. Next, your raisins. I soak mine in hot water for about 5 minutes. Then, you will drain and add to the same pan you cooked the carrots in. This will go quick. Only cook for about 30 seconds. Then add them to the foil with your carrots and wrap into your foil packet to add to rice later.

6. Boil a large pot of salted water. Take your rice that you have rinsed and soaked and add to the boiling water. This is a step you have to watch. I can’t give you an exact amount of time to cook the rice. But, you are only partially cooking your rice. If you fully cook it you will have mushy pulao. On average 4 minutes should get you there. If you can break the rice in your finger you are done. Then, drain your rice.

7. Next, we are going to make our sugar solution to add a caramel color to our rice. In a pan add quarter cup of vegetable oil. Add your sugar. Let the sugar darken. Add 1/2 Cup of water, set aside.

8. Take your meat out of the broth when done cooking. Now it is time to assemble everything. Take a big pot and add half of your rice to the bottom. Then, add your lamb. Then add last of the rice. After that, use a few scoops of the lamb broth, add the sugar mixture, and char masala.

9. Poke some holes in the rice with the handle of a spoon. This will allow steam to release better. Take your packet of raisins and carrots and place in pan on top of your rice. I cover mine with more foil then put lid on rice.

10. Cook on stove top on medium-low heat for about 25 minutes.

Kashmiri lamb curry  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:2 hours


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds lamb shoulder, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons hot curry paste
1 (14-ounce can) coconut milk
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup cubed bananas
Serve with rice and curry Heat oil in an oven-proof skillet and brown lamb and onion on high heat.
Stir in curry paste, coconut milk, and tomato sauce. Add water to cover meat. Simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining ingredients.
Simmer until lamb is tender.
Serve with rice and chutney.

Lamb shanks braised in red wine  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:3 hours


6 lamb shanks, about 1 1/4 pound each
to taste salt and pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
8 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
3 cups dry red wine
2 heads garlic, halved crosswise
4 ribs celery, cut into large dice
4 carrots, cut into large dice
1 large onion, peeled and cut into small wedges
1 cup mushrooms, thickly sliced


ROASTED GARLIC AND WHITE BEAN PUREE
Makes about 3 cups

1 1/2 cups dry Great Northern beans
1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 rib of celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 cloves of garlic (1 smashed and 1 minced) and 1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh thyme plus 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
6 cups chicken broth
Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup heavy cream Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Season shanks with salt and pepper. In a large, high-sided oven proof pot, heat the oil until barely smoking.
Sear the shanks in batches until brown on all sides. Put all the shanks in the pot; add peppercorns, bay leaves, stock, wine, garlic, celery, carrots, onions and mushrooms.
Put the pot in the oven and cook until meat is tender, about 2 hours. (can be made a day ahead).
Remove the shanks, mushrooms and onions and set aside. Cover with foil.
Strain the braising liquid into a medium saucepan. Degrease carefully and simmer to reduce the cooking liquid to about one third.
Pour sauce over the shanks and vegetables.
Serve with roasted garlic and white bean puree.

ROASTED GARLIC AND WHITE BEAN PUREE

1. Soak the beans overnight. Or place beans in a pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat; remove from heat and set aside, covered, for 1 hour.
2. Drain the beans; transfer to a 2-quart pot with the diced onion, celery, carrot, smashed garlic, bay leaf, thyme sprigs, 5 cups of broth, salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat; simmer until beans are very tender, about 90 minutes. If the mixture becomes dry, add some of the remaining broth.
3. Drain the beans; discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Warm the beans in a pan over medium heat. Add the cream, thyme leaves, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Let simmer. Cook until the cream is reduced and is almost dry on the beans, about 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Puree the beans in a food processor. Adjust seasonings.

Lamb stew  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes


4 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons flour
salt and black ground pepper to taste
1 bouquet garni
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Garnish:
1 pound carrots, peeled
1 pound white turnips, peeled
8 ounces green peas
8 ounces green beans, trimmed
8 ounces pearl onions, peeled
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In oven-proof skillet, heat up oil to a smoking point. Brown the lamb pieces. Add onions. Mix with he lamb and brown lightly. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and mix well. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to brown the flour.
Take out of the oven, cover the meat with water. Add tomato paste, garlic, bouquet garni, salt and pepper.
Cover pot, and cook the stew in the oven for 30 minutes.
Evenly shape the carrots, turnips, and potatoes into small footballs. Cut the beans into 1 inch pieces.
Add potatoes and all vegetables to stew. Continue baking until meat and vegetables are tender.
Transfer stew to a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.

Lamb stock  Print Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:4 hours


5 pounds lamb shanks, or neck bones
2 medium unpeeled onions, quartered
2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs parsley
10 whole black peppercorns Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place the lamb shanks, or neck bones in a roasting pan and roast in oven turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 20 minutes.
Transfer the lamb to a large stock pot, and add onions, carrots, bay leaves, thyme, parsley and peppercorns.
Add 1 quart of water to roasting pan. Heat and scrape any bits on bottom of pan. Add liquid to stock pot with 3 quarts of water to cover bones.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, skimming occasionally. Strain stock into a large saucepan. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Remove the fat from top before using.

Leg of baby lamb nicoise  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:50 minutes


3 lemons
16 baby artichokes
2 legs of baby lamb, 2 1/2 pounds each
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon honey
8 plum tomatoes, cored, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds discarded
1/4 cup black Nicoise olives, pitted
1 tablespoon italian parsley, chopped
Zest lemons and cut into julienne. Make juice with two. Zest lemons and cut into julienne. Make juice with two.
Using a lemon zester or a microplane, remove the very top layer of lemon skin and as little as possible of the spongy white pith lying just beneath. All of the aromatic and tasty oils reside in that top layer, while the pith starts to get pretty bitter. Blanch lemon zest in boiling water. Strain and set aside.
Remove the outer leaves of the baby artichokes. Cut off leaves 1 inch above the hearts, and trim the bottoms until round and smooth. Halve the artichokes lengthwise and toss them in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Set aside.
Remove lamb hip bone and fat. Season with pepper and salt. Heat oil in a roasting pan.
Brown lamb on all sides. Add thyme, bay leaf, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and artichokes. Stir well.
Roast in 425 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes tossing vegetables every 10 minutes.
Brush the legs with the honey, pour 2 tablespoons lemon juice over meat with lemon zest. Mix well and roast for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and roast for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven when done. For rare inside temperature of lamb is 130 to 140 degrees, medium-rare, 145-155, and for well done, above 170 degrees.
Transfer lamb to a platter. Add 2 tablespoons water to vegetable mix. Taste for seasonings. Crush pitted olives with a mallet.
Carve lamb, surround with vegetables. Sprinkle with olives.

Leg of baby lamb niçoise  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:30 minutes


3 lemons
16 baby artichokes
2 legs of baby lamb, 2 1/2 pound each
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon honey
8 plum tomatoes, cored, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds discarded
1/4 cup black Nicoise olives, pitted
1 tablespoon italian parsley, chopped Zest lemons and cut into julienne. Make juice with two.
Peel and cut the third into sections removing skin and membranes. Blanch lemon zest in boiling water. Strain and set aside. Remove the outer leaves of the baby artichokes.
Cut off leaves 1 inch above the hearts, and trim the bottoms until round and smooth. Halve the artichokes lengthwise and toss them in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Set aside.
Remove lamb hip bone and fat. Season with pepper and salt. Heat oil in a roasting pan. Brown lamb on all sides. Add thyme, bay leaf, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and artichokes. Stir well.
Roast in 425 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes tossing vegetables every 10 minutes.
Brush the legs with the honey, pour 2 tablespoons lemon juice over meat with lemon zest. Mix well and roast for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven when done. For rare inside temperature of lamb is 130 to 140 degrees, medium-rare, 145-155, and for well done, above 170 degrees.
Transfer lamb to a platter. Add 2 tablespoons water to vegetable mix. Taste for seasonings.
Crush pitted olives with a mallet. Carve lamb, surround with vegetables. Sprinkle with lemon fillets and olives.

Leg of lamb in red wine sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes


1 small leg of lamb (about 3 pounds)
1/2 teaspoon salt marinade (see below)
4 ounces lean fat back, diced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups beef bouillon
1 ounce butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup red wine (preferably Pinot noir or Burgundy)
1 ounce flour

For marinade:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped leeks
1 teaspoon black or white peppercorns
1 teaspoon juniper berries
2 bay leaves
4 whole cloves
1 sprig fresh rosemary Combine the marinade ingredients in a large plastic or non reactive container.
Trim the leg of lamb, remove the shank bone and rub with salt. Immerse in the marinade, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days.
Turn the lamb once or twice to distribute marinade.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover the bottom of a cast iron stew pot with the fat back. Lay on the fat back, together with lemon zest, marinade, and bouillon.
Cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add flour, and whisk to make a roux.
Cook over medium heat to brown lightly. Allow to cool. Add red wine to roux and add to lamb. Mix to combine with all ingredients. Continue cooking lamb in oven for 20 minutes or until meat is tender.
Transfer lamb to serving platter. Cover and keep warm.
Add cream to sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Strain sauce through a china cab.
Slice lamb and arrange on a serving platter. Pour some sauce over. Serve remaining separately.
Oven brown potatoes are usually served with the dish.

Navarin of lamb with vegetables  Print Recipe

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:50 minutes


4 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons flour
salt and black ground pepper to taste
1 bouquet garni
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Garnish:
1 pound carrots, peeled
1 pound white turnips, peeled
8 ounces green peas
8 ounces green beans, trimmed
8 ounces pearl onions, peeled
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In oven-proof skillet, heat up oil to a smoking point. Brown the lamb pieces. Add onions. Mix with he lamb and brown lightly. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and mix well. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to brown the flour.
Take out of the oven, cover the meat with water. Add tomato paste, garlic, bouquet garni, salt and pepper.
Cover pot, and cook the stew in the oven for 30 minutes.
Evenly shape the carrots, turnips, and potatoes into small footballs. Cut the beans into 1 inch pieces.
Add potatoes and all vegetables to stew. Continue baking until meat and vegetables are tender.
Transfer stew to a serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.

Rack of lamb with mushroom crust  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:30 minutes


2 ounces dried black trumpet or other dried mushrooms
1 egg
salt and black pepper to taste
flour for dredging
2 racks of lamb, boned and trimmed
4 medium leeks, trimmed of hard green parts, split in half, well washed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces fresh shiitake, trimmed and cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
2 sprigs thyme In a coffee grinder or spice grinder, grind dried mushrooms to the consistency of coffee. Set aside.
Beat egg in a bowl, with salt and pepper. Dip lamb in flour, shaking off excess. Dip it into egg, and then into mushrooms.
Pat mushrooms to adhere; coat lamb heavily. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
Cook leeks in salted boiling water. Drain, and puree with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve. In a medium skillet, heat half of the oil. Saute mushrooms, garlic and thyme until mushrooms are tender.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place remaining oil in an oven-proof skillet. Heat to medium-high. Add lamb.
Cook for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and place skillet in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes for rare, medium-rare, (125 degrees) or longer for medium. Let lamb rest for 5 minutes then cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices.
Place a dollop of leek purée on each plate; top with portions of mushrooms. Place lamb on top.

Roast leg of baby lamb beaumanière  Print Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:50 minutes

A small leg of lamb is stuffed and wrapped in puff pastry.
Top rated Beaumaniere is a restaurant in Les-Baux-en-Provence, France.
The owner was very kind to share his recipe with Chefdecuisine.com.
1 small leg of lamb (about 2 pounds)
2 lamb kidneys, cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped truffles
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped
to taste salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon oil for roasting
2 tablespoons Madeira wine
1 cup diced vegetables (carrot, celery, onion)
1 1/2 pounds puff pastry
1 egg
to taste salt and ground black pepper

Bone the leg of lamb without opening completely and leave shank bone attached.
In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over high heat, and briskly sauté the lamb kidney pieces.
Deglaze with Madeira wine. Add mushrooms and truffles, thyme, rosemary, and tarragon.
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until cool.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stuff boned leg of lamb with the kidney mixture.
Close opening with a trussing needle and twine. Rub stuffed leg of lamb with oil; season with salt and pepper. Place diced vegetables, lamb bones and trimmings in a roasting pan.
Arrange leg of lamb on top of vegetables, and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove lamb, and cool.
Also, remove twine before wrapping in pastry dough. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and boil to make 1 cup of lamb juice. Strain. Remove fat, and set aside.
Roll out puff pastry to about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush surface with beaten egg.
Place lamb on top and cover with dough, leaving shank bone uncovered. Decorate pastry with any trimmings. Brush dough with egg again. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 20 more minutes for medium-rare.
Carve the lamb, and serve with the lamb gravy. Potatoes Savoyarde are served with this dish .

Roasted lamb rib eye with sweet garlic  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes


3 single racks of lamb
1 medium onion
1 large carrot
1 stalk of celery
6 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
3 cups veal stock
coarse salt and pepper to taste
1 pound Swiss chard
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
12 cloves garlic, peeled
6 sprigs fresh rosemary

Remove the eye from each rack of lamb, leaving a bit of the cap fat (the layer of fat that covers the eye) on the meat and chopping the bones. Reserve the bones and meat scraps.
Peel and trim onion and carrot. Wash and trim celery. Dice the onion and cut the carrot and celery crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Combine vegetables with the lamb bones and scraps, peppercorns, and bay leaves in large roasting pan.
Roast, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from oven and place over medium high heat. Add 6 cups of water and the veal stock and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain liquid in saucepan and discard the solids. Skim fat from top of the liquid. Simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Wash the chard and remove any tough stems. Place in boiling salted water to cover and blanch for 30 seconds.
Drain and refresh under cold running water. Wrap in a clean kitchen towel and twist to squeeze out all moisture. Unwrap and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat the oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
Season the lamb with chopped rosemary and salt and pepper. Place, fat side down, in the hot pan and sear until nicely browned. Add garlic and sear the remaining sides until just browned, turning garlic as lamb sears. Place pan in oven and roast until medium rare on an instant read thermometer. Remove from oven and place on rack to rest for 5 minutes. Lightly cover and keep warm.
Carefully, pick garlic out of the pan, making sure no grease is attached, and add to the reserved sauce.
Place over medium heat to heat through. Wipe lamb roasting pan clear of excess grease.
Return to medium heat and add reserved chard. Saute, adding 1 tablespoon olive oil, if necessary until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
Place equal portions of chard in the center of each of 6 warm plates. Slice each rib eye into 6 pieces.
Arrange 3 slices on top of chard. Spoon some sauce, along with 2 garlic cloves per serving over the lamb. Place a rosemary sprig in the center.

Roasted rack of lamb provencale with ratatouille  Print Recipe

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes


2 racks of lamb, about 2 pound each
freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups mirepoix (equal parts coarsely chopped onions, carrots and celery)
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 thyme sprig
to taste salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

For the herbed crust:
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 large garlic cloves


Trim all but a thin layer of fat from the lamb. Cut off the last 2 inches of the rib bones.
Using a small sharp knife, scrape off any meat from the top 2 inches of each bone. Reserve all the trimmings.
Rub the racks with pepper and thyme sprig, then rub with a tablespoon olive oil.
Make lamb stock:
In a medium saucepan, brown the cut lamb bones and trimmings in remaining olive oil.
Add the mirepoix and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peppercorns, bay leaf and thyme. Add water to cover, bring it to a boil and simmer slowly until the stock is reduced to 1 cup.
Strain and reserve. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Place the lamb in a shallow roasting pan. Season it with salt. Roast the rack for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the lamb is medium rare. Transfer the lamb to another pan.
While the lamb is resting, discard any grease from the roasting pan. Deglaze the pan with the lamb stock.
When the sauce has reduced slightly, whisk in 1 tablespoon of butter. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and strain it. Keep the sauce warm.
Combine the herbed crust mixture in a food processor. Mix well until well blended. Brush the top side of racks with mustard. Spread herb mixture evenly over the mustard. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Place lamb in oven to brown crust. Transfer the racks to a serving platter. Separate the chops by cutting between the bones. -Letting the lamb rest after roasting distributes the juices evenly throughout the meat. Serve with ratatouille.
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White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
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Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
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Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
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