Lamb Stifado with Crushed Herb Potatoes & Tzatziki
My Lamb Stifado is the ultimate summer comfort dish that encapsulates everything I love about Greek cuisine. Holidays abroad may not be commonplace this year so why not bring the taste of Greece to your home with this simple and easy to follow recipe. Tender chunks of Coombe Farm Organic Lamb Shoulder simmer away slowly in a rich tomato and red wine sauce, accompanied by the warm fragrant aromas of cinnamon and bay leaves. Served with delicious crushed herb potatoes and homemade Tzatziki, this is the ultimate summer dish.
Deep saucepan / Stockpot
1. Preheat the oven to 200c.
2. Place the lamb on a chopping board and cut the shoulder into large chunks, roughly (2 inches).
3. Pour a tbsp of oil into a frying pan and brown the lamb over a medium heat. Transfer the meat to a large saucepan or stockpot.
4. Peel and cut the shallots in half, mince the garlic then transfer them to the saucepan/stockpot. Add the wine, beef stock, bay leaves, cinnamon and lemon to the pan and bring to the boil.
Loosely cover the pan with the lid and reduce to a gentle simmer for 2 hours. Remove the lemon, bay leave and cinnamon before serving.
5. Place the potatoes in a pan of water and boil them for 15 minutes. Drain the water and remove the potatoes from the pan. Using a rolling pin, gently bash the potatoes so they crack open
slightly. Place them in a baking tray, drizzle with oil and cover in rosemary, oregano, thyme. Pop them in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
6. To make the Tzatziki, coarsely grate the cucumber into a container and sprinkle over 2 tsps salt (this helps draw out excess water from the cucumber). Leave for 30 minutes before draining
in a fine mesh sieve, forcing the liquid out with your hands or spoon.
7. Transfer the cucumber to a bowl and stir in the Greek yoghurt. Add minced garlic, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp fresh mint and 1 tbsp olive oil to the bowl and combine the ingredients
together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
8. When the lamb has cooked, serve with potatoes and garnish with lemon zest and crumbled feta cheese. Tzatziki can be served with the potatoes or as a side with some crusty bread to soak up