Braised Leg of Lamb


     INGREDIENTS:
4-5 lb Bone-In Leg of Lamb
1/2 onion
10 garlic cloves
Rosemary or Herbes de Provence to taste, fresh or dry
1/2 lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 to 3 C of red wine (or water or lamb stock)

     DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Blend the onion, garlic, and rosemary or Herbes de Provence into a paste.
3. Rub the meat with the lemon juice.
4. Make slits in the lamb and rub the onion paste thoroughly over and into the meat.
5. Salt & Pepper all over to taste.
6. Place the meat in a roasting pan and pour the wine into the bottom of the pan. Use enough liquid (wine, water, stock, or any combination of the three) to cover the bottom of the pan and about 1/3 to 1/2 of the meat.
7. Place in the oven for 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the leg (the bigger the better in our humble opinion) and your preference for doneness. We like ours when the meat is fork tender.

Shepherd's Pie

Excellent dish utilizing Braised Leg of Lamb leftovers

    

     INGREDIENTS:
1 lb braised or roasted leg of lamb
2 T butter
1 C onions chopped finely
1/2 C carrots chopped finely
1/2 C celery chopped finely
1/2 C mushrooms chopped
2 T parsley chopped finely
3 T flour
2 T tomato paste
1/2 C red wine
2 C lamb stock
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 C cooked fresh or frozen peas
2 C or more of mashed potatoes
Grated sharp cheddar cheese

     DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the meat into 1/4" cubes. Set aside.
2. Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and parsley. Cook, stirring, until the onions are wilted.
3. Sprinkle with flour and stir with a wire whisk. Add the tomato paste, wine, and stock, stirring rapidly with the wire whisk. Let simmer 10 minutes and stir in the cubed meat and peas. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes longer.
4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
5. Put the meat and sauce in a 2 quart casserole. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the meat mixture, covering it completely. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and place the dish in the oven.
6. Bake 30-45 minutes, or until the dish is piping hot throughout and the cheese is melted.

Lamb Kofta

     INGREDIENTS:
1 lb ground lamb
1/2 onion
1/4 bunch fresh parsley leaves, chopped

    • 1/2 tsp cumin

    3/4 tsp Egyptian 7 spice (check out ours - we blend our own)
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper

         DIRECTIONS:

    1. Dice onion finely. Blend with chopped parsley. 
    2. Add spices, salt & pepper. Mix well. This can be mixed & stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but do not mix in the lamb.
    3. Add ground lamb and thoroughly mix ingredients together.
    4. Best if mixed just before cooking. Do not mix with the meat more than 1-2 hours ahead of time. The salt will make the meat tough. 
    5. Separate into 8 portions and roll into an elongated shape, somewhat like a sausage link. (To keep the mixture from sticking to your hands, dip your fingers into a small glass of tap water).
    6. Grill to desired doneness, similar to hamburger or sausages.
    7. Serve with Tahina Sauce and/or Tzatziki Sauce.

    Tahina Sauce

    Great with Lamb Kofta or our Merguez Sausage


         INGREDIENTS:
    2-3 cloves of garlic
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/2 C lemon juice
    1 C Tahina
    Enough water to make a soupy paste

         DIRECTIONS:

    1. Crush garlic.
    2. Mix in lemon juice, salt, & cumin.
    3. Add Tahina and mix until it begins to thicken.
    4. Add water to desired consistency.

    Tzatziki Sauce

    Great with Lamb Kofta, Braised Leg of Lamb, or our Merguez Sausage


         INGREDIENTS:
    1/4 C cucumber (approx.)
    1 clove of garlic
    Chopped spearmint leaves to taste (fresh is best but dried will work)
    8 oz. greek yogurt or Labne
    Salt to taste

         DIRECTIONS:

    1. Dice cucumber finely (remove seeds if they are large).
    2. Crush garlic or dice very finely.
    3. Chop mint finely.
    4. Add all the ingredients to the yogurt and mix thoroughly.
    5. Salt to taste.

    This sauce is delicious with the Braised Leg of Lamb or try a variation of it using spring onion instead of garlic, and dill instead of mint.