Middle Eastern Lamb Casserole Baked Under Vine-leaves

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
Recipe by JustJanS

I found this recipe in a magazine. Although I make very similar dishes, I've never used the vine-leaves. The magazine blurb said they help to tenderise the meat and give a lemony tang to it. Funny, as you have already cooked the meat to tender and added lemon juice before the vine leaves are added. Still it looks interesting!

Top Review by DrHelen79

This tastes amazing and is so easy. I had to thicken it with a bit of cornflour at the end and didnt use the vine leaves. Cooked it for a dinner party and they all had seconds. Served it with couscous Will definitely make again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine spices, lemon juice, oil and salt to form a smooth paste.
  2. Place lamb in a ceramic or glass dish, add paste and combine well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Transfer lamb to a heavy-based casserole, add orange juice and stock.
  5. Combine well, cover with a tight fitting lid, then cook stirring occasionally, at 180c for 1 hour.
  6. Stir through apricots and prunes, return to the oven and cook for another 30 minutes or until lamb is tender.
  7. Place vine leaves over lamb in overlapping layers, then replace lid and cook for another 30 minutes.
  8. I would serve this over cous cous with a Moroccan-style salad on the side.

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