Lamb with Christmas spices

Lamb with Christmas spices

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Keep this in the freezer ready for dinner parties and serve it with rice and salad or crunchy potatoes and vegetables

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
699
protein
56g
carbs
25g
fat
43g
saturates
18g
fibre
5g
sugar
22g
salt
0.82g

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 5cm fresh root ginger, shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ kg lean lamb neck fillets, cut into chunks
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • good pinch saffron
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp ground almonds
  • 850ml beef stock
  • 250g pack ready-to-eat dried apricots

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Method

  1. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil for about 15 mins. Add the lamb and stir-fry until browned. Add the spices, cook over the heat to release their flavours, then add the almonds. Pour in the stock and season to taste.
  2. Cover the pan and simmer for 45 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, then simmer 15 mins more until the lamb is tender. Thin with a little water if the sauce starts to get too thick.
  3. To freeze, cool, then pack into a freezer container or bags. Will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw for 6 hrs in the fridge, then reheat in a pan until bubbling hot.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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Sarazzz's picture

Made as part of a buffet for a birthday party. Took advice and browned the meat well first. Really made a difference to the appearance. After cooking I strained off the liquid and let it cool so I could easily take some of the fat off the top. Everyone loved it and complained that there wasn't enough of it! Froze really well too.

misssharon70's picture

I made this for a pre-xmas family get together and served it with Seasalt and rosemary roast potatoes and braised sticky red cabbage.. WOW what a perfect combination. I will definately make this dish again in the future.

fionacunningham's picture

I would agree with the dishwater description. i used leg of lamb as needed using up - a waste of good meat. looked horrible and if it hadnt been for the apricots i think i would have binned it. if i made it again (which i wouldnt) i would have browned the meat first to seal it and give it colour and i would have either used ground spices( too many whlole to succesfully pull out) and i would finish it with either spinach or ground corriander.

lauratf's picture
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I took the onions out to brown the meat (that I'd patted dry with paper towel) and kept the pan as dry as I could. Still didn't make the dish a rich brown. Delicious though with melt in the mouth meat. Used some nutmeg instead of one stick of cinamon and still festive and tasty.

kyla1977's picture
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I cooked this yesterday as a warming stew for Bonfire Night and it went down a treat. I must admit to getting very nervous when it was cooking as it looked a bit like dishwater but the end result was superb and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

truffle-29's picture

We used boned shoulder of local French lamb and also added some honey and it was a treat. We made it one day and reheated it the next. Yummy

redaurigny's picture
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Lovely - really easy, delicious and perfect for having in stock in freezer. It's not so exotic that the traditional fayre only visitors won't eat it, but it is interesting enough for those who tire of casseroles. Yum yum! Thank you Good Food!

alielphee's picture
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I used shoulder fillet as I couldn't get neck, and it worked just as well. Really tasty and made the whole house smell of Christmas. I also used some shallots instead of onions. When I make it again I might add some root veg too.

pegohart1's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous. I was so pleased with this receipe - it's exactly what I've been looking for to add to my repertoire. So much depth of flavour - fabulous. Can't wait to have people over, during Christmas this is definately what I'll be serving up.

redaurigny's picture
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This dish was really easy to make, and so tasty - thanks Sara, and thanks GF! I agree with one reader that a little more depth of flavour could be added, so I've tried adding preserved lemons at the end which worked for us. Some gristle/fatty bits from the neck fillet hadn't quite 'melted' after cooking time so we've tried it with more tender cuts and it was pretty good. Anyway the base recipe is a big hit - thank you!

insc123's picture
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I made this for dinner and it went down very well. I added some honey and it was delicious.

carolgriffiths's picture

It can be left in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

catelyon's picture

Can I cook this tomorrow (Saturday) and leave in fridge to serve on Sunday or do I have to freeze it?

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Very good dish for a cold winter evening. Served with mashed potato and carrots.

anneyakka's picture
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I made this dish yesterday & was surprisingly disappointed. The combintation of ingredients/flavours I use frequently, but it lacks depth of flavour & punch. Maybe I didn't brown the meat adequately at the beginning, & another time I would brown the meat in batches first, put aside, then start the onions etc. I've frozen it, but definately won't be serving it to guests.

rachnorman's picture
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I have made both of the recipes in my slow cooker and they are both gorgeous! Just need to add a bit more liquid (an extra 1/2 litre of stock) so it doesn't dry out. Super yum!

uptospeed's picture
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I tried this recipe as it was different. and OH BOY! it was delicious. Even my husband enjoyed it and he does not like apricots.
I cooked it on the weekend for a mid week meal and it tasted even better. I certainly will be doing this one again.

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