Rather than buying lamb chops here, which tend to be small, expensive and with a fatty ‘tail’ I don’t want I buy lamb ‘steaks’. These are cut from the bigger end of a leg of lamb, are normally fairly lean and very tender. The have a small bone in the center – like a veal shank.
In summer we do them on the grill. In winter, in the past, I quickly fried them in a grill pan.
This time I did them in the slow cooker with potatoes and butternut squash.
We were most pleased…..
Moroccan Lamb, Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker
Total time: 8 hours
- 2 lamb steaks, about 7oz (200gr) each
- 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 12oz (360gr) butternut squash, cubed
- 10oz (300gr) potatoes, cut into 8ths
- 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) beef stock
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp za’atar
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs flour
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
- Mix flour with 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp cumin.
- Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet.
- Dredge lamb in flour, add to skillet and brown on both sides. Remove to a plate.
- Add butter, onion wedges and garlic to skillet and sauté for 2 minutes
- Add remaining flour mix and stir well.
- Add 1/4 cup beef stock to skillet and stir until thickened. Put onions, et al. in the slow cooker.
- Mix all remaining spices, herbs into the remaining beef stock and add to skillet, off heat. Stir to pick up any remaining bits.
- Put the lamb steaks on the onions, Add potatoes and butternut squash, tucking it in to fit if needed.
- Pour the stock over all, cover and cook, low heat, 7 hours.
- Remove steaks and vegetables to a platter and serve.
The holidays are over. School starts tomorrow as does my conversation group.
Then I have to put Christmas away.
It seems like I just got it out.
I can never decide which is more work – putting it up or taking it down.
It must be taking it down…..
I never consider decorating for Christmas to be work. It’s fun!
Putting it all back in the boxes and hauling it out to the barn is work.
At least I have a few more cookies stashed in the freezer to help.
Then I have to find some fun projects to get me through the next two months of damp, gray, cold weather.
Is it too early to start looking at seed catalogs?