Greek Lamb with Fennel and Other Good Things

I watched 'Food Safari' on TV last week - I love that programme!

They show recipes from different places in the world, India, China etc but last week it was Greek food - Jan sits up in the chair pen and paper at the ready!

They made a Greek lamb dish that looked so yummy I had to make it.
My pictures do not do it justice though - I still have cream plates in my pictures where they are in fact white but hey ho, you get the gist!

The smell coming from the oven whilst it was cooking was amazing.
Imagine the lamb mixed with oregano, lemon, onions and wine.
When it was cooked the lamb was just so tender and delicious.

First of all I prepped all the ingredients.

You will need:
  • 500g lamb shoulder - boneless
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion - chopped into large chunks
  • 6 shallots - chopped into halves
  • 3 cloves garlic - sliced
  • Zest of 1 lemon - peel with a vegetable peeler as you want strips of peel
  • 1 tablespoon dried Greek oregano
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 300g Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of runny honey
  • 1 fennel bulb - finely sliced
  • 3 sprigs flat leaf parsley - leaves only

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.

To Serve:

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.


  1. Jan, first of all let me say sorry for not commenting in such a long time. Things have been mad and blogging, as well as reading blogs had to go on the back burner a bit.

    The lamb dish looks delicious and just right for a dull and grey January night.

  2. Jan, I too enjoy Food Safari and glad that it's shown in Canada as well.

    This dish reminds me of how Cretans prepare lamb, goat with fennel and yogurt and it sounds yum!

  3. Lamb is such a favorite of mine. This looks like a great dish!

  4. Hi it's kirsty from yum scrumptious here. Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely comment you left on my site! Would you like to swap links?

    The description of that lamb you gave at the beginning of the post seriously made my mouth water!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your posts :)

  5. That sounds like it would be an incredibly flavorful dish. I love lamb and fennel!

  6. Pleased to see this turned out so well. After your advice I've been watching Food Safari - it's great.

  7. Honestly, it's time for breakfast but I sure wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into that amazing looking lamb dish.

    GREAT post Jan. My mouth is still watering!

  8. This looks like one amazing meal. So tasty and comforting.

  9. Cheers for that - I'll do the same! x

  10. Oh wow, Jan! That looks like an excellent dish! YUM!

  11. Im really inot my lamb at the moment - great dish

  12. Oh Jan, this looks great! I really enjoy lamb, but mostly eat it in Indian dishes. This just sounds so amazing, I bet it smelled terrific. I love the looks of those shallots, too! YUM!

  13. That looks delicious Jan!! I love fennel and there is new season NZ lamb in the shops right now!

  14. Fennel is so tasty! I love it!

  15. That looks amazing, Jan. Great job!

    BTW, whatever problem I had accessing your site seems to have righted itself, but thanks for getting back to me.

  16. Hiya Jan, just wanted to say I've done the link now! was having some trouble with my typelists!!

  17. yum! that looks so very delicious!

  18. Looks really good -a nd looks like it has tons of flavor too!

  19. Sounds very delicious, especially with the addition of fennel bulb.

  20. I love Food Safari. It is not on the Food Network here in Canada but taken up by another station. I enjoy their web site as well. I can see why you would want to make this lamb dish right away!!

  21. Oh goodness Jan, this dish sounds soooo delicious.

  22. Looks delicious - just give me lamb anyway.

  23. Wow - I love the combination of flavours you have going here! No wonder you were taking notes as the programme aired!


Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.

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