This is my version of lamb tagine. Sainsburys had a special offer on butterflyed (boned) lamb legs. Mine weighed about 750g and I used half of it (diced) for this meal for 2 or 3 people (more with more vegetables and some couscous). I will slow roast the other half of the meat within the next day or so:
- 375g diced lamb (could use leg, shoulder, fillet – cooking times will vary)
- 2 smallish onions (cut into narrow wedges)
- 4 dates (stoned and roughly chopped)
- 3 semi-dried apricots (roughly chopped – dried apricots will need soaking)
- a small handful of raisins
- 1 clove of garlic (finely chopped or crushed)
- 1 red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 small piece of cinnamon
- 1 bayleaf
- 1/3 of a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes (the remaining tomatoes can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container (should last at least a week))
- 1/2 stock cube (crumbled) – I used a mix of chicken and beef
- Hot water
- 1 large sweet potato (peeled, cut in quarters lengthways and cut into 2.5cm lengths)
- 1 400g tin of chickpeas (drained)
Heat a little oil in a large saucepan (or a casserole dish that can go on the hob). Tip the lamb pieces into the pan and stir until they brown. Remove the meat.
Turn down the heat and add the onions to the pan and gently cook (stirring occasionally) for 5 minutes. Add the dates, apricots, raisins, garlic, chilli, cumin and cinnamon. Stir and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
Return the meat the the pan. Add the bay leaf, the tomatoes, the stock cube and enough hot water to cover the meat mixture. Bring to the boil and simmer for about an hour (longer if you are using tougher cuts of meat).
Add the sweet potatoes. Bring back to the boil and simmer for another 25 minutes. Add the chickpeas. Bring back to the boil and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve.
This tasted very good and I did wonder if the absence of meat would have made a lot of difference. So you could try a vegetarian version, using vegi-stock powder, without the lamb and with some more vegetables – I think adding pieces of parsnip along with the sweet potatoes might be the answer. I will try it soon and blog the results.