Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Chickpeas, Lemons and Olives

I love this delicious sticky meal, it is so seriously satisfying and comforting and the lemons really give it a lift in flavour.

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Ingredients

  • 6 x lamb shanks, trimmed
  • 2 x brown onions, diced
  • 1 L chicken stock
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 x cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, rinsed
  • 2.5 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 cup seasoned flour to coat lamb
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 x zest of a whole lemon
  • 1 tspn lightly toasted saffron, steeped in hot water
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn pepper

Method

Wash meat then pat dry and coat in the flour mix. 3 at a time brown in a large heavy based pot in olive oil then move to a plate.

Add the Garlic, Ginger and Onions and cook until the onions begin to soften.

Add the juice, rind, saffron, and stock then simmer for a minute. Add the lamb then cover with the mixture.

Cook for 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours or until the lamb is very tender and falling from the bones.

Add the chickpeas and cook for 10 minutes then add the olives and cook for 5 minutes until heated through.

Serve with rice or crusty bread

Cheesy Stuffed Bread

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We love this bread, I love the smell of it baking and the eating is just as good! I hope you like it too. My photo’s are generally iPhone 4s…. not much good for nice images but meh you do what you can do hahaha

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 tspn dry active yeast
  • 1 cup hand hot water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 Tbls caster sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with paper.

Activate the yeast by mixing it with the sugar into the hot water, sit it in a draught free place for 10 minutes or until foamy.

Mix the ingredients by hand or with a stand mixer and dough hook until a soft dough forms and is smooth and elastic. put into a bowl that’s been oiled with olive oil and cover with a tea towel in a warm spot until risen.

Punch it down and then stuff with your choice of cheese ( Feel free to play with the stuffing adding olives or peppers etc… )

Top with Melted butter that’s been mixed with some crushed garlic, olives, halved baby tomatoes, some oregano or italian herbs and grated cheeses.

Bake until golden and cooked through.