Braised lemon-and-spinach free-range lamb with organic-rice pilaf

Braised lemon-and-spinach free-range lamb with organic-rice pilaf

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • 30 minutes
  • 2 hours
  • Laibach The Landybird 2006


  • 1.5 kg free-range lamb, sliced knuckles or cubed shoulder
  • 45 ml organic olive oil
  • fl aked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 - 2 organic onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves organic garlic, crushed
  • 5 ml dried organic oregano
  • 750 ml water or organic chicken stock
  • 3 lemons
  • 300 g organic Swiss chard, roughly sliced, or whole baby spinach leaves
  • Italian parsley, finely chopped, for sprinkling
  • For the rice pilaf
  • 2 organic onions, thinly sliced
  • 45ml (3T) organic olive oil
  • 140 g organic brown basmati rice
  • 1 clove organic garlic, crushed
  • 625 ml water
  • 1 x 400 g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 t fl aked sea salt

Cooking Instructions

To make the lamb casserole: Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Trim any excess fat from the meat. Heat the oil in a heavy casserole then brown the meat in batches, removing with a slotted spoon and seasoning as you go.
Add the onion to the same casserole, with a little oil if necessary. Gently cook until softened then stir in the garlic.
Return the meat to the casserole, sprinkle with the oregano then add the water or stock and the strained juice of 2 lemons.
Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover with a sheet of oiled greaseproof paper and a tight-fi tting lid.
Bake for 1½ to 2 hours, or until the lamb is falling-off -the-bone tender.
Stir in the juice of the remaining lemon and the spinach. Cover and return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the spinach wilts.
Check seasoning and serve sprinkled with parsley.
To make the rice pilaf: Brown the onion in 30ml (2T) olive oil. Remove and set side.
Add the remaining spoonful of oil to the pan then stir in the rice until translucent.
Stir in the garlic then add the water, chickpeas and salt, and bring to a bubble.
Reduce to a low heat, cover tightly, then gently cook for 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave to steam, still covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Serve topped with the reserved browned onion.
Per serving: 4010.1kJ, 49.5g protein, 62.8g fat, 43.5g carbs
Cook's go-green tip: Woolworths free-range products are free from routine antibiotics and animal by-products, and our free-range farms are audited regularly to ensure that international standards are met and maintained.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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