Showing posts with label Lamb. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lamb. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Australia Day Slow Cooked Lamb

It just wouldn't be Australia Day without another awesome lamb ad. While it is certainly clever advertising and I imagine lamb sales are through the roof this time of year - the ads are always funny, irreverent and very Aussie. The latest one is online at We Love Our Lamb.

Keeping with tradition we are also having lamb this Australia Day. But rather than a roast or a bbq I decided to use the slow cooker, which makes even more sense given just how hot it has been lately.  Who wants to stand near a hot oven in Summer? Not me!

Having now cooked a lamb roast in the slow cooker I don't think I will do it any other way! Marinating overnight and then slow cooking for 9 hours produced the most juicy, tender and flavourful meat that was falling off the bone. You could literally eat it with a spoon (which my 2 year old did).

I used a 2.5kg leg of lamb which is plenty to feed a crowd but we will stretch it for 3 dinners for the 5 of us with leftovers each time for my husband's lunch. We served it with a Greek style salad today (no feta as most of us are dairy free), will have it in a wrap with coleslaw next time and then with a herbed quinoa salad after that. Yum! Cook once, eat three times. Love it.

Happy Australia Day!

Slow Cooked Greek Lamb
Adapted from Skinnymixers

1 x 2.5kg leg of lamb, bone in
1/4 cup water
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
1 red chilli
2 tbs sweet paprika
2 heaped ts dried oregano
1 heaped ts dried rosemary
1 heaped ts dried basil
1 heaped ts dried mint
zest of 1 lemon
3 ts pink salt
1/2 cup chicken broth

Place the leg of lamb into the bowl of your slow cooker.

Place all remaining ingredients except the broth into the food processor and blitz for 30 seconds or until smooth (TMX 30 secs / SP 8).

Pour the mixture over the lamb and coat well.

Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

The next day, place the bowl into the slow cooker and add the chicken broth.

Cook on low for 9 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone. Check the gravy for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Pull the meat off the bones into the gravy and slice roughly.

Serve with a fresh salad of tomatoes, cucumber and olives dressed with extra virgin olive oil.

Great for a crowd on Australia Day.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Secret Recipe Club - Mongolian Lamb

Mongolian Lamb ©
This is now my third month with the Secret Recipe Club and I'm loving everything about it! From waiting expectantly for the email with my assigned blog inside, to spending many happy hours scouring that blog to find just the right recipe.

This month I was assigned Lynsey's blog called Lynsey Lou's. Despite living on the other side of the world I found we have lots in common from being married at around the same time in 2008 and starting to blog soon after, to just a general passion for food and cooking. I loved all of Lynsey's recipes and had a really hard time choosing just one! In the end I let my husband choose his favourite and that was Lynsey's Mongolian Beef. Not sure whether it's just in Australia but we used to get Mongolian Lamb whenever we had Chinese food so I of course adapted it to use lamb instead. 

I haven't eaten much Chinese food at all in recent years after figuring out I have a sensitivity to MSG aka Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. Hubby and I went to a Thai restaurant on our second date and I spent half the meal locked in the bathroom feeling faint with heart palpitations and a throbbing headache. Lucky for me he stuck around!

Anyway, no such problems this recipe! It was absolutely delicious, packed with flavour and probably the closest thing to takeaway Chinese food that I've ever made at home. It was the first time I've fried meat like this and it really gave the dish that authentic taste and texture. I did find it a little too sweet so next time I would reduce the brown sugar to just 1/2 cup. Otherwise this was a huge success.

Mongolian Lamb
Adapted from Lynsey Lou's Mongolian Beef

2 ts vegetable oil
1 tbs fresh minced ginger
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
Vegetable oil, for frying (about 2 cups)
500g lamb steaks
1/4 cup corn flour
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 green shallots, sliced finely

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the ginger and garlic to the pan, give it a quick stir then quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches. Add the brown sugar, stir to dissolve, and then bring the sauce to the boil until it thickens and reduces, approx 5 minutes. Remove sauce from the heat and set aside.

To prepare the lamb, slice it thinly on the diagonal into ½ cm thick pieces. Tilting the blade of your knife to about 45 degrees will give wider cuts. Dust the pieces in corn flour then leave to rest for a few minutes so it sticks to the meat.

Heat 2 cups of oil in a wok or large deep fry pan until it's hot but not smoking (a wooden spoon dipped in the oil should start to bubble straight away).Carefully add the lamb in 2 or 3 batches to the hot oil and fry for two minutes, or until it just begins to darken on the edges. It doesn’t need to be cooked through at this stage. Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly then remove with a large slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Repeat with remaining batches of lamb. Tip the hot oil into a heatproof jug then return the pan to the stove over medium heat.

Add the red onion and shallots (reserving a small handful of the shallots for garnish) and sauté for a few minutes until it becomes soft and translucent. Add the beef and the sauce and cook, stirring for another few minutes until it is well combined and the sauce has thickened.

Remove the lamb and onions (leaving excess sauce behind as it is very rich) and serve with plenty of steamed rice and a sprinkle of shallots over the top. Serves 4-6.

Secret Recipe Club

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Spiced Meatball Wrap

This was a really yummy dinner and a great alternative to tacos or burgers. It's also pretty healthy because the meat is baked not panfried and you can serve it with as much salad as you can squeeze into a wrap.

Spiced Meatball Wrap

500g pork mince
500g lamb mince
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 ts ground cummin
1ts ground coriander
1 1/2ts garam masala
2 tbs rolled oats
1 egg, lightly beaten
1tbs plain yoghurt

1 ripe avocado
2 tbs plain yoghurt
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
handful of fresh coriander stems, chopped finely

To serve:
Any other salad greens you like

Preheat oven to 220 deg C.

Place all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine. I find you get a better result using your hands as it tends to turn to mush in a food processor.

Using wet hands, shape into golfball sized meatballs. You should get 12 meatballs from this mix which will easily feed 6 people. Place on a non-stick baking tray. Do this a few hours ahead of time if you can as the flavours will develop, then store in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through but still juicy.

Meanwhile, make the sauce by mashing the avocado and combining with other ingredients. This is basically a version of guacamole but it contrasts perfectly with the aromatics in the meatballs.

Serve with freshly chopped tomato and capsicum in a flatbread wrap with plenty of sauce.

Serves 6. Delicious!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Toasted turkish bread with lamb steak, caramalised onions, Jarlsberg cheese, pancetta, tomato and beetroot ... can a burger get any better? I think not!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mediterranean Lamb Salad

This is another throw-together dinner that doesn't really have a recipe, but we make something like this at least once a week. There's just something about the combination of tomato, fresh basil and capers ... I could eat it every night! With it's beautiful colours it also makes a really nice winter meal - it takes your mind off the grey outside.

Mediterranean Lamb Salad

500g large pasta shapes
500g lamb leg steak
1 large red capsicum, sliced into thin strips
1-2 punnets cherry tomatoes (I used 3 roma here because the cherry tomatoes were blah)
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped just before serving
1/2 red onion, sliced finely
200g fetta, diced or crumbled into small pieces
1 jar capers, drained and rinsed
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cook pasta as per packet instructions.

Meanwhile cook the lamb until just done then remove from the pan to rest under foil. In the same pan toss the capsicum over high heat until it is slightly charred and soft (if I had time I would roast it whole and remove the skin - this is a cheat's version).

In a large bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, capers, onion, tomato and fetta. Season with pepper at this stage (you won't need any salt). As soon as the pasta is cooked, drain it well and add it to the bowl with the dressing. Slice the lamb into strips and toss through. Chop basil and add last thing before serving.


Serves 6-8
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