Armenian lamb casserole
Skill level: Bit of effort
Armenian lamb casserole gives a Middle Eastern twist on a winter favourite. This rich and aromatic, lamb casserole makes a brilliant alternative to a beef stew. Impress your friends and family with this incredibly simple but hearty Armenian lamb casserole that tastes comforting but not at all bland like some casseroles can be. We like to serve ours with mash potato and spring greens. Traditionally it is served with a couscous grain.
- 900g of diced leg of lamb
- 2tbsp of plain flour
- Salt and pepper
- 1tbsp Olive oil
- 25g unsalted butter
- 2 medium, diced white onions
- 1 finely chopped garlic
- 1tsp ground cumin
- ½tsp ground all spice
- 2tbsp tomato puree
- 250ml of chicken stock
If you fancy making the dish even more authentic, add a handful of dates or dried apricots into the mix before you place the dish in the oven. As the casserole cooks, these little gems will swell up, absorbing the spicy sauce while imparting some of their natural sweetness.
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Rinse you diced lamp in cold water and allow to drain.
- Season the flour with the salt and pepper and toss the lamb in the mix. Remove the flour-coated lamb and dust off any excess flour.
- In an enamel casserole dish, heat the olive oil over a high heat. Once hot, place the lamb in the dish and cook until golden brown.
- Once the lamb has been sealed, take it out and place on some kitchen paper to drain any excess oil.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter. Allow the butter to melt before adding the diced onions.
- Allow the onions to sweat down for a couple of minutes before adding the garlic, cumin and all spice.
- Heat the onion, spice and garlic mix until the onions are almost completely cooked. Return the lamb to dish, before adding your tomato puree and chicken stock.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer before covering the dish and placing in the oven for 90 minutes. Once cooked, serve with some buttery mash and steamed greens.