Moroccan Lamb Stew

I have a recipe to share with you today that is unbelievably delicious. My Moroccan Lamb Stew served with Lime Couscous.

FF Moroccan Lamb Stew

After cooking my Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder for Sunday lunch, I had plenty of leftover meat. In fact I’d actually cooked two whole lamb shoulders to make absolutely certain that I’d have enough meat for this Moroccan Lamb Stew.

You could absolutely use fresh diced lamb for this recipe, but there is something distinctly delicious about meat that has been slow cooked on the bone. So much more flavour and that was what I wanted for this dish.

Moroccan Lamb Stew

Having never cooked a dish like this before, I knew I was taking a gamble as to whether the children would eat it. They aren’t fussy and eat a wide range of foods, yet I know I wouldn’t have eaten this as a child.

Shame on me!

Each of them completely cleared their plate, loved this AND they’d figured out that I’d added dates to the stew!! They loved the gentle, yet spicey and fruity flavour of the Moroccan Lamb Stew served with the Lime Couscous.

Again shame on me for underestimating their appreciation of delicious food!

Making The Most Of Leftovers

Using leftover roast lamb made this dish incredibly easy to put together. Even though the lamb was pre cooked I still let this stew bubble and simmer away on a very low heat for a few hours. This didn’t make the lamb tough or dry. It resulted in fragrantly spiced lamb, that was so melt-in-the-mouth tender.

MD Morrocan Lamb Stew
Harissa and Medjool Dates create the fruity and spicey flavours in this dish.

I absolutely adore Dates and these Medjool Dates from The Medjool Date Co. are so completely delicious, I find that I’m popping them in my mouth, when I should be cooking with them. Oops!

During the slow cooking of this Moroccan Lamb Stew the Medjool Dates completely break down and become part of the sauce. They are not an overwhelming flavour, but instead add a fruity sweetness that you can’t quite put your finger on, yet simply know it tastes wonderful.

This recipe is a brilliant way to create another fantastic dish from leftover roast lamb.

Recipe: Moroccan Lamb Stew serves 4-6

650g/1.5lbs Leftover Roast Lamb – skin and bone removed

2tbsp Olive Oil

1 Large Onion

3 Medium Carrots

2 Celery Sticks

2tsp Harrisa Paste

6 Medjool Dates – stones removed and finely diced

1 Beef Stock Cube

Salt and Pepper to season

2tsp Corn flour (also called corn starch)

Method: Use a large heavy based pan for this recipe.

Making The Stew

  • Add the oil to the pan over a medium heat.
  • Finely chop the onion and sauté in the pan, stirring frequently, until softened.
  • Chop the carrots and celery into 1cm pieces, add to the sautéed onion in the pan and cook until just softened over a low heat.
  • Whilst the vegetables are slowly cooking prepare the lamb.
  • Remove any skin from the lamb and cut into 5cm chunks, obviously from a leftover roast there will be smaller pieces as well, that’s fine they all go into the stew!
  • Add the lamb to the pan and add the Harrisa paste and chopped Dates.
  • Stir to mix everything together.
  • Cover with hot water from the kettle.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cover with a lid and leave on a very low heat for 5 hours.
  • After the cooking time has elapsed taste for seasoning – add more salt/pepper as necessary.
  • Mix the corn flour with 20mls of cold water to form a slurry.
  • Add the cornflour slurry to the Moroccan Lamb Stew. Stir well and increase the heat to medium.
  • Allow the corn flour to thicken the sauce (which naturally reduces during the long cooking period) and cook for five minutes.
  • Serve with Lime Couscous.
Moroccan Lamb Stew

This is a perfect dish to make for when friends/family are visiting or staying, especially if they have a long journey. The stew will happily sit over a very low heat until your guests arrive and the Lime Couscous  takes moments to make, leaving you free to greet and settle your guests.

Making Easy Meals

For me, this dish is fantastic as I can get dinner ready and started early in the day (see Living With Seizures ). And then if my body allows I can bake some delicious treats for my family and friends.

In fact the first time I made this Moroccan Lamb Stew I was so worried that it wouldn’t be eaten, I made a pudding. Now just to be clear, I bake quite a bit, when I am able to, but we rarely have dessert after dinner. Honestly I’m talking high days and holidays are the only time I make pudding. In fact I didn’t even make a dessert for Easter Sunday. On this occasion however, I made an apple tart – it’ll be on here very soon.

Can you imagine the children and my hubby’s faces when they saw the apple tart 😉! We all ate dinner and then had pudding, such piggies! If my husband had the choice, we would have pudding every day. After that day a tradition was started, when we have Moroccan Lamb Stew for dinner, there must be pudding for afters. I knew I should have hidden the apple tart!!!!

Do you like turning leftovers into another fabulous dish?

There will be more ‘leftovers’ recipes coming up on this blog. In the meantime if you enjoyed the Moroccan Lamb Stew I’m sure you’d like these:

Roast Chicken Noodle Soup

MD Roast Chicken Noodle Soup
Roast Chicken Noodle Soup a perfect way to make your roast chicken go further.

Slow Rosted Lamb Shoulder

GF Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb

GF Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb
Redcurrant Jelly Glazed Roast Lamb

Whatever you are cooking, baking or making I love seeing your results. Please pop a photo on Twitter/Instagram and tag me in. You can also leave me a comment if you try one of my recipes in the comment section.

Have fun whilst you are in the kitchen preparing a feast!

Sammie xx

Graig Farm provided the lamb for this recipe and The Medjool Date Co. provided the Dates. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions, recipes, content and photographs are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

 

 

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Sausage Plait With A Twist

So today I have another super easy, recipe for you, my Sausage Plait With A Twist. What’s the twist? Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh thyme that lift the flavours of this savoury pastry to the next level.

Pinterest sized image of sliced sausage plait with descriptive graphics.

 

The addition of sundried tomatoes and thyme to pork sausage meat gives this sausage plait a deep savoury flavour. Ideal for a mid week meal, perfect for a buffet and portable for picnics!!

Lattice puff pastry topped savoury sausage meat pastry.
Sausage Plait With A Twist

I have used a special roller to create the lattice pattern on the top of the Sausage Plait. I bought it 20+ years ago. I’ve just had a quick peek on Amazon and they sell them for about £5. Which is probably about what I paid all those years ago!

Pastry Lattice Cutter
Pastry Lattice Cutter

 

So, if you bake a lot of pies and tarts then I would say this is a good buy. Likewise, the diamond effect on the pastry below was achieved by lightly scoring the uncooked pastry, on a slant, one way and then the other. When baked it produced a pretty, diamond effect pattern and I didn’t need a Lattice Roller. And this technique also works for any Sausage Plait.

Diamond effect puff pastry sausage plait.
Diamond effect on the puff pastry is very effective.

 

So, whichever method you use, your Sausage Plait With A Twist is sure to go down well with everyone who tries it. Served hot or cold, it is completely delicious. Why not bake my  Tomato Thyme Garlic Focaccia Bread? It is the perfect, picnic accompaniment. As is my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad. While these Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars are a delicious sweet treat that won’t attract every bug in a 10 mile radius.

Recipe: Sausage Plait With A Twist serves 6

500g/1lb Block Puff Pastry – defrosted if frozen – I use  Just Rol not the all butter version.

500g/1lb Pork Sausage meat – use the best quality sausage meat

15 Sundried Tomatoes (drained if in oil)

1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves – simply strip from the stems, or chop if very new green growth

1/2 tsp Black Pepper – freshly ground

1 Egg – for egg wash

Method : Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan, gas mark 5, 375F

Making The Filling

  • First of all, chop the sun-dried tomatoes roughly, so there are no big pieces.
  • Place the chopped tomatoes into a bowl and add the thyme, sausage meat and black pepper.
  • Using your hand, squish (technical term) all the ingredients together until well combined.

 

Dark red pieces of sundried tomato and flecks of green thyme are spread throughout the sausagemeat.
Dark red pieces of sundried tomato and flecks of green thyme are spread throughout the sausage meat.

Assembling And Baking The Sausage Plait

  • On a floured worktop roll out the puff pastry so that it measures 30cm x 35cm (10″x12″). Trim to neaten the edges.
  • Now place the pastry onto a piece of parchment paper that is the same size as your baking sheet. Since this will make transferring the sausage plait MUCH easier. MUCH! I speak from experience!!
  • Place the sausage meat mixture evenly down one side of the pastry, leaving a 1 inch (2.5cm) border.
Pat the sausage mixture so that it is spread evenly. Then get ready to roll.....
Pat the sausage mixture so that it is spread evenly. Then get ready to roll…..
Place the Lattice Roller just inside the bottom edge of the pastry and roll to the top!
Place the Lattice Roller just inside the bottom edge of the pastry and roll to the top!
Brush the beaten egg around the border of the sausage mixture.
Brush the beaten egg around the border of the sausage mixture.
Fold the lattice cut side over the sausage meat, so the edges meet.
Fold the lattice cut side over the sausage meat, so the edges meet.
I have crimped the pastry edges by twisting them together, then brushed egg wash over the top of the Sausage Plait.
I have crimped the pastry edges by twisting them together, then brushed egg wash over the top of the Sausage Plait.

Finally you can see how much easier it is to assemble the sausage plait on the baking parchment.

  • Place the sausage plait into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 40 – 50 minutes, until golden brown.
  • The sausage plait is baked when golden in colour and any juices run clear.
  • As soon as it is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray.
Sausage Plait With A Twist

Such an easy dish to make, yet super impressive to look at and eat! It can be served hot or cold and is ideal for picnics and buffets as well as dinner time.

Cool completely and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Sausage Plait With A Twist you may also like these:

Spicy Sausage Rolls

Spicy sausage rolls freshly baked and cooling on a rack.
Spicy Sausage Rolls

Smoked Bacon Asparagus Quiche 

Baked quiche on a baking tray.
Smoked Bacon Asparagus Quiche

Red Onion Sausage Plait 

Sausage plait on a baking tray with fresh tomatoes and a jar of red onion marmalade from Hawkshead Relish.
Red Onion Sausage Plait

I really enjoy creating recipes for my family and for you to try on this blog. Especially recipes that are diverse. While this sausage plait is tasty served with salad and new potatoes for dinner, it also is great to slice and pack up for a picnic too. Because, in my opinion, diversity in recipes allows me to have more options for both mealtimes and buffets, when entertaining a crowd of people. Most importantly it’s easy. And we all love an easy recipe, right?

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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