Whats not to like?
It's along the lines of Lancashire hotpot, but the wine and rosemary in the sauce makes it a little bit more fancy.
Add all of this to the casserole along with the bay leaves.
Arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the meat and dot with a little more butter.
Now cover the casserole with it's lid or some foil, and place in the oven for about 2 hours until the potatoes are cooked through.
How to do it:
How to do it:
Preheat oven to 170C /325F or Gas 3
Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Put the olive oil in a cooking pot (one that can go into the oven and has a lid) and heat it up. I used my Tagine as it is so amazing, it can go on the oven top and in the oven too!
Put the lamb in and seal the meat until it is golden brown on all sides.
Add the onion and the shallots to pot with the garlic, lemon zest, oregano and the white wine.
Remove from the heat and cover the lamb with the yogurt and drizzle with honey. Put the lid on and cook in oven for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
When it comes out of the oven the yogurt has turned to cheese and is used in the dressing for the fennel.
Once it's cooked, remove the lamb from the pot and allow to cool a little. Slice into thick-ish strips.
Place the strips of lamb on a BBQ, or grill and grill on both sides - they wont take very long at all as they are already cooked.
Make a dressing by straining the juices from the remaining onions in the pot and place the onions into a bowl. Add finely sliced fennel and picked parsley leaves.
Season to taste and drizzle with a little olive oil and serve with lamb and the sliced fennel.
Anyway, so there I am with some minced lamb, but now not knowing what to make with it.
I had some pitta bread and Greek yogurt too and so Tzatziki had to be made!
Also I had some Turkish red pepper sauce in my fridge - perfect!
For the patties you will need:
500g minced lamb
approx 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
1 onion - chopped
1 garlic clove - finely chopped
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons of garam masala
1/2 teaspoon of cumin (as garam masala already contains cumin so only use this amount)
1 and a half tablespoons of Harissa paste (I used the one by Bart spices)
salt and pepper to taste
How to do it:
Using a mixer put the onions in to make them very finely chopped. Remove and set to one side in a large bowl.
Now add the minced lamb to the mixer and whizz for a few seconds - just so it's a little finer. Remove and add to bowl with the onions in. Season well with salt and pepper.
Using a fork add the garlic, breadcrumbs, egg yolk, chopped garlic, garam masala and cumin and Harissa paste. Now give it all a really, really good mix.
Now take a small amount of the mixture and shape with your hand into small patties. This amount of ingredients should make 12 patties. You can fry a very small amount of the mixture and taste to check for seasoning.
Fry the patties in a frying pan. There should be no need to add hardly any oil. Just wiping the pan with a teeny piece of oil, using kitchen paper towel should be enough.
Fry - turning half way through for about 5 minutes each side - or until the patties have browned nicely and are cooked through.
I served mine in warm pitta bread with some shredded white cabbage, cucumber, tomato, sliced onion and shredded lettuce.
The Turkish red pepper sauce is quite hot so only a small amount is needed. if you don't have time to make some - if can be found in some large supermarkets.......although I've never found it yet (in the UK) that is. You could, I suppose use any other pepper sauce - like Jamaican Hot pepper sauce.
I also made some Tzatziki too.
As I only needed a small amount, I used the following:
150g Greek Yogurt
1 clove garlic - chopped really finely
4 inches of cucumber - peeled, seeds removed and grated with a cheese grater.
a smidgen of white wine vinegar (say 1/4 teaspoon and no more)
1/2 a teaspoon of dill - finely chopped (I'm afraid to say I used dried dill - but it was just fine)
a glug of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to season
How to do it:
Once the cucumber has been peeled and grated, press it between some kitchen paper towel to squeeze out the moisture and put it into a small bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the olive oil and salt and pepper.Mix it together and then season carefully with a little salt and pepper . Add the olive oil - just a teeny bit and mix once more......Job done.