Prep 30 mins
Cook 6 hrs
This is from Lou Seibert Pappas' cookbook, Extra-Special Crockery Pot Recipes, "Time saving meals for the gourmet appetite", I have to add that tagline since this recipe fits and does not disappoint! This is delicious. Cooking the lamb chops in spare liquid on low is as close to braising in a crockpot as I've seen. Pappas says of this recipe, "Fresh cilantro and ginger root are essential to the authenticity of this aromatic North African entree." I served it with a wonderful Silver Palate Moroccan Pilaf.
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 shoulder lamb chops
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons gingerroot, freshly shaved
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin (I used 1 teaspoon because I love cumin!)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup prune, pitted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- In large frying pan, saute onion in olive oil until limp. Push to sides of pan.
- In same pan, brown chops well on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add ginger, cumin, garlic and cinnamon. Saute 1 minute. Transfer to crock pot.
- Deglaze pan with 2 tablespoons water (i.e., on high heat, add 2 tablespoons water and stir until most of the flavor-packed brown bits are dislodged). Add to pot.
- Scatter cilantro and prunes over lamb chops. Cover.
- Cook on low (200 degrees F) for 6 hours.
- Stir in honey and lime juice. Heat to serving temperature.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Was delicious, I had to use figs instead of prunes because my husband thinks they are poison. Will definitely add to favorites:)
The lamb was fall of the bone tender (I used lamb forequarter chops - 6 for 3 of us though only 5 where eaten) and well thought I had pitted prunes but didn't so used soft dried apricots and as we are not big fans cilantro/coriander I used parsley but otherwise made to recipe and it was delicious. Thank you mersaydees, made for Aussie/Kiwi Recipe Swap #66 July 2012.