A tagine of lamb with apricots recipe by Nigel Slater
Submitted - Ben
Ingredients1kg diced lamb shoulder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp hot paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp saffron stamens
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
a preserved lemon
a handful of coriander leaves
a small handful of mint leaves
MethodToss the cubed lamb in half the ground spices and leave for at least four hours. Overnight would be ideal.
Set the oven at 160C/gas mark 3. Warm the olive oil in a deep, heavy-based casserole and add the seasoned meat in small batches. Remove when it is browned nicely on all sides. Peel and roughly chop the onions, then peel and finely slice the garlic. Add to the pan with the remaining spices and allow to soften and colour lightly. Stir regularly over a moderate heat so that the spices flavour the onions but do not burn.
Add the sultanas, honey, saffron stamens, stock, tomatoes and apricots, then return the meat to the pan. Bring to the boil, season with salt and black pepper, then cover with a lid and place in the oven. Cook for two and a half hours.
Cut the preserved lemon in half and discard the interior pulp. Finely chop the skin and stir into the tagine. Lift out the meat with a draining spoon and boil the sauce over a high heat until it is reduced and thick, then stir in the roughly torn coriander and mint leaves. Return the meat to the sauce and serve.
CommentsWine choice 2007 Massaya Classic, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon £9.50, thewinesociety.com. It is the sweet, fruity elements here that are your wine’s main obstacle. Select a wine from warmer climes that will have the ripeness of fruit to take the apricots in its stride. This brambly, spicy wine has a perfumed side, but also a core of warming red fruit – a heady mix with the tagine.