Winter has most definitely arrived and if you are like us, then you’ll love nothing more than coming home to a piping hot dinner and curling up on the sofa. Take the hassle out of slaving over the stove and become the master of the slow cooker. Slow cookers have revolutionised winter cooking and for good reason. They can cook anything from a soup to a roast and everything in between. They are self-sufficient, fill them up, turn them on and leave them to do the rest. And they are ideal for batch cooking. Check out our top tips below for slow cooking with Lamb this winter.
TIPS FOR SLOW COOKING LAMB
Don’t be afraid of the fat. Some lamb cuts are fattier than others, but this doesn’t mean you should trim it all away. Fat helps to release the natural flavour of lamb cuts making your dishes even tastier. Remember to drain the fat away before serving.
Browning off your meat isn’t essential before slow cooking but it can really help to seal the flavour and caramelise juices. Remember Lamb cooks faster than most other meats, so keep an eye on it! For the best results, cook on a lower heat, for a longer time.
Do you batch cook? Then the slow cooker is going to be your new favourite kitchen utensil. Perfect for leftovers and meals with zero fuss and minimal prep. What’s not to love.
HOW TO COOK LAMB SHANKS IN A SLOW COOKER
Lamb shanks are a lean, tender and flavourful meat that are ideal when braised and served in curries, stews and roasts. A slow cooker is the perfect cooking vehicle for fall-off-the-bone lamb recipes, like our Lamb Shanks Rogan Josh – link to recipe.
Inspired by the great tastes of India the cooking element of this dish only takes ten minutes! Simply heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the lamb shanks for 5 minutes, turning occasionally until brown. Transfer all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours until the lamb is tender. Best served with Naan Bread or Pilau rice.
HOW TO COOK NECK OF LAMB IN A SLOW COOKER
Lamb neck is really underrated and inexpensive cut of meat, which simply melts in the mouth. Try this tasty Lamb Curry with Spinach for a dish that everyone will have everyone looking for seconds.
Simply brown your diced neck of lamb and set aside. Fry the onion, garlic, ginger and spices. Add the meat, lamb stock and bay leaf – to make it look like you know what you’re doing – then cover, reduce and simmer for 4 hours. Shortly before serving, add the spinach, yogurt and adjust the seasoning according to taste. Perfect for bringing some heat to dark winter evenings!
HOW TO SLOW COOK LAMB SHOULDER
Perfect in stews or casseroles, winters perfect partner. Trim excess fat from your cut but remember that the fat on the cut really helps to sell those all-important flavours to so trim with ease. Batch cook this tasty Lamb and Chorizo stew and you are set for the week.
Brown of the chorizo and transfer to slow cooker. Brown of the lamb cut in the same pan to make the most of those yummy flavours and again transfer to the slow cooker. Blitz all ingredients in a food processor and add to the slow cooker with the stock. Cook all ingredients on a low heat for 2-2.5 hours. Serve with mashed potato or crusty bread.
HOW TO SLOW COOK LEG OF LAMB
Another slow-cooked staple of North Africa, tagine takes its name from the style of clay pot it’s traditionally cooked in. Luckily for you, you don’t need to have an authentic tagine to make our Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Almonds – just a slow cooker, a few ingredients and the desire to cook something delicious! Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
Delicious ideas to suit all tastes and budgets. Lamb try it love it.