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Lamb Dishes

Note:  In addition to the sources listed under the recipe below for Lamb Curry, check out Mable Hoffman's Healthy Crockery Cookery for some simple recipes and Joy of Cooking for more complex recipes.   And, of course, there's Gyro Sandwiches!  If you have access to local farmers who make lamb sausage links, try substituting them for the cooked lamb.  The casing should be removed.  Delicious!

1.  Lamb Cassoulet

Note:  Most of my sources use northern beans.  This recipe is a family favorite.

2 cps cubed leftover lamb
2 oz salt pork diced
1/4 cp finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cp dried lentils
3 cps chicken bouillon
3 cps tomatoes, canned
1 T chopped parsley

Saute pork, onion, and garlic til pork is crisp.
Add all remaining ingredients, except lamb.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, simmer 2 hrs. Add lamb and pour into casserole.
Bake 350

           Lucille "Ralph" Dorrington


2.  Lamb Curry

Sources:  Adapted from an old Meal Meister computer database, a recipe for Lamb Stew from epicurious.com, and Sunset Crockery Cookbook.  Meal Meister cooks his lamb in a sauce of blended yogurt coconut, cinnamon, and cloves.  Epicurious adds some frozen green peas at the end of the cooking.  Sunset Crockery's recipe for lamb stew serves vegetables on the side and includes only mushrooms in the stew.  We used "Greek Lamb Sausage" made by a local farmer and it was delicious.

2 lb Boned shoulder, leg,  loin, or  lamb sausage
1 t olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped
2-3  cloves garlic, minced
1 t peeled and minced ginger
1 T hot curry powder, or to taste
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground nutmeg
3 carrots, sliced thickly
1 small fresh green chile such as serrano or jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 cp lentils, any color

1 1/2 cps canned tomatoes, chopped
1  cp red wine or beef broth

1.   In large skillet, saute  lamb cubes olive oil.  (If using sausage, I removed the casing first, or it curls.)
2.   Add onion, garlic and ginger and saute an additional 5 minutes.
3.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for about an hour.