1 tsp whole black peppercorns
5 whole cloves
1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, removed from pods
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 1" cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp saffron threads
2 tbsp boiling water
2 tbsp raisins or currants
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 large onions, very thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger root
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 lb lean leg of lamb, cut in 1" cubes
1 1/2 c drained yogurt or tomato purée
2 c basmati rice
2 tbsp sliced almonds
2 jalapeños or banana peppers, chopped
2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
make the spice mixture, in a small bowl combine the peppercorns,
cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat a small,
heavy skillet on medium-high heat. Add spices and cook for 30-60
seconds, shaking pan, until very fragrant. Do not burn. Cool. Grind in
a spice grinder, old coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Stir
in cayenne and salt.
- In a small bowl crush saffron with the
back of a spoon or pestle. Pour boiling water over top and reserve.
Plump currants or raisins in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain
- Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven on
medium-high heat. Add onions and do not stir until they start to brown.
Cook until well browned, about 10 minutes. Remove half the onions and
reserve for garnish.
- To the remaining onions in pan, add ginger
and garlic. Cook for a few minutes. If pan is too hot, add about 1/4 c
water. Cook until water has evaporated.
- Add lamb to skillet. Do
not stir for about 2 minutes to allow it to brown. Add spice mixture
(not saffron) and combine well. Add drained yogurt or tomato purée.
Cover and cook gently for about 1 hour, or until lamb is tender.
rinse rice until water runs clear. Place rinsed rice in a bowl of cold
water and soak for about 30 minutes. Drain well. Bring a large pot of
water to a boil. Add rice and cook for 5 minutes after water returns to
a boil. Drain well. Drizzle with saffron mixture.
- To a lightly
oiled 5-quart casserole dish, add one-third of the rice. Spread half
the lamb on rice. Add one-third more rice. Spread with remaining lamb.
Top with remaining rice.
- Cover casserole tightly with foil and then cover with lid.
Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
serve, remove top layer of rice. Combine remaining lamb and rice. Mound
on a serving plate. Top with reserved rice. Garnish with reserved
onions, almonds, currants, jalapeños, mint and cilantro.
lambchops with olive-orange-anchovy butter
3 tbsp shallots, chopped
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp water
1/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 tbsp black olives, finely chopped
5 anchovy fillets, minced
1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
Rosemary sprigs for garnish
3/4 tsp minced orange zest
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter
4 double-thick loin lambchops, each about 2" thick and 1/2 lb, trimmed
and brought to room temperature
make butter, cook the shallots, balsamic vinegar and water in a small
frying pan over moderate heat, stirring until dry - about 3 minutes.
Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a bowl, use a fork to stir
together the shallot mixture with the unsalted butter, olives, anchovy,
rosemary, orange zest and salt and pepper to taste. On a piece of waxed
paper or plastic wrap, shape butter mixture into a 1" diameter log and
refrigerate until firm enough to slice (or spoon into a ramekin and
- In a large heavy skillet, heat the oil and butter over
moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Season the chops
generously with salt and pepper and cook, turning occasionally until
chops are desired doneness (about 15 minutes for mediuum-rare).
- Serve chops hot with pats of butter. Garnish with rosemary
sprigs. Serves 4.
peppered lamb & herb cream sauce
2 kg butterflied boned leg of lamb (about 2.2 kg, bone in)
25 ml coarsely ground black pepper
20 mL Dijon mustard, divided
5 ml red wine vinegar
125 g Rondele, Boursin or other herbed cream cheese (about 50 ml)
375 ml whipping cream
5 ml hot pepper sauce
2 ml coarsely ground black pepper
15 ml lemon juice
fat from lamb. Combine pepper, 15 mL Dijon mustard and vinegar; spread
over both sides of the lamb. Brush baking sheet with oil; heat in 400'F
oven for 2 min. Place lamb on hot sheet and roast for 30-35 min or
until meat thermometer registers 130'F (55'C) for medium rare. Remove
from oven and let stand for 5 min.
to make sauce
in saucepan, gently stir together cheese, cream, hot pepper sauce, 5 mL
Dijon mustard & pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium
cook, stirring, for 5 min or until slightly thickened and
to about 500 ml. Stir in lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if
necessary. Carve lamb into thin slice; drizzle with sauce. Makes 8
roast leg of lamb with dijon rosemary glaze
2-2 1/2 kg boneless leg of lamb
85 ml Dijon style mustard
30 ml olive oil
15 ml chopped fresh rosemary
15 ml chopped fresh garlic
5 ml coarse salt
5 ml fresh ground pepper
garlic, rosemary and Dijon. Slowly whisk in olive oil until fully
incorporated. Set aside. Pat lamb dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle all
over with salt and pepper. Add lamb to mixing bowl and cover surface
with entire mustard mixture. Marinate at least 4 hr or overnight,
covered in refrigerator.
Place lamb on a shallow roasting pan in
centre of oven. Roast at 450'F for 30 min. Turn down to 350'F and cook
another 40-50 min or until a meat thermometer registers 145'F inserted
into the thickest part of the flesh. Remove from oven and cover with
foil. Let rest 15 min before slicing. Serves 6-8
braised lamb with middle eastern spices
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 1/2 lb stewing lamb
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 c carrot, coarsely chopped
1/2 c celery, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c red wine
1 1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
` bay leaf
2 1/2 c beef stock
1 tbsp olive oil
3 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
12 dried apricots, slivered
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine cumin, ginger,
paprika, cinnamon and cayenne. Toss lamb cubes with 1 tsp of
2 tsbp olive oil in an ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high
heat and brown lamb in batches on all sides, about 2 min per side.
Season with salt and pepper. Reserve. Wipe out pan and add remaining 1
tbsp oil. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sauté until onion
browns slightly, about 5 min. Add reserved spice mixture and sauté for
30 seconds, then add red wine and bring to a boil. Add rosemary, thyme,
bay leaf and beef stock. Bring to a boil, then return meat to the pan.
in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hr or until meat is tender. With slotted
spoon, remove meat and vegetables from the stock. Discard bay leaf.
Purée vegetables and stir back into stock. Reduce until sauce lightly
coats the back of a spoon.
make garnish, add oil to a skillet on medium-high heat. Stir in
zucchini, peppers and apricots and sauté until crisp-tender, about 6-8
min. Season with salt and pepper.
vegetable garnish and lamb back into the sauce. Simmer together for 15
min or until heated through. Serve with coucous. Serves 6
1/2 c bulgur and 2 c water
1/4 c onion, ground
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 - 1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 lb ground lamb
3/4 c finely chopped onion
1/2 c pine nuts or almonds
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of pepper
Yogurt to serve
bulgur in water for 30 minutes. Drain well and squeeze excess water
out. Stir in the 1/4 c onion, 3/4 tsp salt, cinnamon and 1/4 tsp
pepper. Add 1 lb lamb; mix well. Set aside.
In medium skillet
cook remaining 1/2 lb meat, 3/4 c onion and nuts until meat is brown
and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in salt (1/2 - 1 tsp), pepper
and lemon juice.
In a 10x6x2" pan press half of the lamb/nut
mixture, then half of the lamb/bulgur mixture, then the rest of the
lamb/nut mixture. Top with the rest of the lamb/bulgur mixture. Bake at
350°F for 25 minutes. Drain off fat. Serve hot or cold with yogurt.
2 lb boned lamb (leg or loin), cubed
4 chicken pieces
1 tsp paprika
1/4 c olive oil
2 spicy sausages, 1" slices
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 turnips, peeled & cubed
4 carrots, sliced
2 c chopped pumpkin or summer squash
1 c cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/4 tsp saffron
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ginger
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 c stock (beef or chicken)
4 c cooked couscous
2 tbsp butter
1 c chopped dates
1/2 c raisins
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
lamb & chicken w ith paprika and lightly brown in oil in separate
batches brown sausages. Return all meats to pan, add next
10 ingredients and simmer, partially covered, 20 min Place
couscous in a cheesecloth lined colander over simmering stew and steam
20 min. Spread couscous on a baking sheet and work in butter,
dates, raisins and rind. Return couscous to colander with
cinnamon, mint and parsley. Add chickpeas to stew continue to
steam for another 20 min. Pile couscous on platter, ladling stew
in centre. Serves 6-8