Sunday, 15 February 2009

Philippa's Recipes - Lamb Tagine

Here is Philippa's main course, easily adapted for Vegetarians (er, leave out the Lamb) and wolfed down by all our guests. This dish can be prepared in advance meaning no stress once your dinner party is underway!

Lamb Tagine

50g Sun Dried Apricots, halved
2tbsp olive oil
about 600g diced leg of lamb
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
400g tin Cherry Tomatoes
150ml Lamb Stock
Pinch saffron threads
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Waitrose Ground Almonds
2 large courgettes, cut into large pieces
1/2 butternut squash, weighing approximately 500g, peeled and diced
2 tomatoes, skinned and quartered
1tsp Harissa
1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1. Place the apricots in a bowl and cover with 100ml boiling water. Leave to soak for 2 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 1tbsp of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole and brown the lamb in batches then set aside. Add the remaining oil and the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a further 2 minutes then return the lamb to the casserole.
3. Add the apricots and their soaking liquid, the canned tomatoes and stock. Stir in the saffron, salt and ground almonds. Heat to simmering point, cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
4. Add the courgettes, squash, tomatoes and harissa with a little extra water if necessary and cook in the oven for a further 45 minutes.
5. Season to taste adding extra harissa if desired, then stir in the parsley and serve with couscous.
(For the vegetarian version, replace the meat with sweet potato, aubergine and extra butternut squash)

1 comment:

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