Lamb With Braised Lentils

READY IN: 50mins




  • Mix together the lemon rind, rosemary, sage and garlic and rub over the lamb steaks, then squeeze the lemon juice over the lamb steaks.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan until hot and, over a medium-high heat, add the lamb steaks (and some of the lemon juice that has dripped off them when you transferred them to the pan) and fry for 1 minute on each side.
  • Remove the lamb from the pan, and set aside.
  • Add the bacon, onions, carrot and celery to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes or until they are beginning to soften.
  • Add the lentils and the stock – and any of the herbs and garlic that didn’t make it into the pan earlier when you were browning the lamb steaks – and, over a high heat, return the lamb to the pan and bring the mixture to the boil.
  • Reduce to a low-medium heat and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes or until the lentils are tender and most of the stock has been absorbed.
  • Serve the lamb with potatoes mashed with buttermilk or low-fat milk. If the potatoes have been made ahead of time – and if you like spinach – mix through the mashed potatoes a packet of frozen spinach, which has not only been thawed, and thoroughly-drained but has also had all excess moisture squeezed from it.
  • Chef's Note: Since I posted this recipe and last made this dish, I have found and posted the most fabulous recipe for vegetable stock, which is now my standard vegetable stock recipe: Vegetable Stock Recipe #135453.