Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb Version 2

Leg of Lamb, The Sequel!

(I have updated this recipe with slightly different timing)

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It’s that time of year again! Time for a lamb recipe. Sure, Easter time is semi-traditionally lamb time. But the reason why I usually have it this time of year is that it is easier to find in the super market, though not always that easy as I found out a couple of days ago. Similar to how I rarely see corned beef in the market unless it is near St. Patrick’s day (which is why I made it for my last post).

Leg Of Lamb Ingredients

I’ve noticed that a lot of people wind up at my little dog and pony show here on the inter webs after searching for “Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb”, so I thought I would come up with a different, somewhat simpler recipe. My other recipe is more Mediterranean (not that there’s anything wrong with that). If I had to describe it (which I guess I do, since that is part of the purpose of this blog post), I would say this one leans towards English flavors.

Onion soup mix, red currant jelly and Irish Stout (one of my favorite braising liquids) provide  plenty of flavor.

Add some potatoes and you are good to go!

I originally planned on having a recipe for braised Lamb Shanks, but after striking out at three stores, I shifted gears and decided on leg of lamb. Like I said, lamb isn’t always so plentiful here is Santa Monica. Sure, I could travel a couple miles to where the Middle Eastern Markets abound and find lamb up the ying yang, but at the closest markets to me, including the butcher shops, the lamb supply is minimal. For full disclosure, my favorite butcher did have one lamb shank. One! Who cooks one lamb shank? And not only that, after I asked if they had lamb shanks, they went to the case, moved several things around and produced the single shank. I almost expected them to shout “Eureka!”

So rather than travel store to store scoring one shank at a time until I amassed enough to constitute an entire meal, when I came across the boneless leg of lamb at the third store, I pounced on it, being that there was only one left.

Leg of Lamb Seasoned

So, how do we make this thing? Simple.

Season the lamb with salt and pepper, seasoned salt, or as I prefer, Montreal Steak Seasoning.

In a couple tablespoons of oil, brown the lamb in the pressure cooker pot (medium-high heat on the stove top, high sauté mode on your electric).

Leg Of Lamb Brown

Remove the lamb to a plate, add the rest of the oil and sauté the onion until it just starts to brown.

Splash in a bit of stout to deglaze, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

Now dump in the rest of the beer, along with a pouch of onion soup mix, a few tablespoons of red current jelly, a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a little water.

Leg of Lamb Liquid

Now, in the immortal words of Bob Marley, “Stir it up”.

Place the lamb back in the pot, lovingly place two bay leaves on top of the lamb in a decorative manner and lock the top on the pressure cooker.

Leg of Lamb Bay Leaves

Set the timer for 25 minutes. On an electric, use the manual setting and 30 minutes at high pressure. If you like it pretty rare, try 25 minutes first, you can always put it back under pressure for a couple minutes.

Let the pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.

Leg of Lamb Sliced

Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary. You probably won’t need salt due to the onion soup mix.

Remove the lamb to a plate and let it rest for at least 10 mintues.

While your dinner is napping, bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring often until it thickens a bit.

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Slice the lamb and serve, with sides of your choice, topped with the sauce. I served it with champ, and it was quite tasty.

Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb Version 2
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Cuisine: American
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A simple and savory leg of lamb recipe, delicious lamb in about an hour!
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
  • 3 pounds boneless leg of lamb (leave in net or tie with twine)
  • salt and pepper (or Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  • 1 large onion, halved then sliced
  • 1 bottle or can (12 oz.) Irish Stout
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix (1-1.25 ounces, depending on brand)
  • 3 tablespoons Red Currant Jelly
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Season lamb with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoned salt (I use Montreal Steak Seasoning on most things)
  2. Over medium high heat (sauté mode high on electric pressure cooker), heat two tablespoons of the oil
  3. Brown lamb on all sides (keep in netting to make things easier)
  4. Remove lamb to a plate
  5. Lower heat to medium (or medium sauté mode)
  6. Sauté onion until it just starts to brown
  7. Pour a splash of the stout in to deglaze, scraping the brown bits off the bottom
  8. Pour in the rest of the stout, water, onion soup mix, Red Currant Jelly and tomato paste
  9. Stir to mix, then place lamb back in the pot
  10. Drop the bay leaves on top
  11. Lock the top on the pressure cooker
  12. Increase heat to high (on electric use manual mode, high pressure)
  13. Set time for 30 minutes (if you would like it fairly rare, try 25 minutes)
  14. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own for 10 minutes then do a quick release
  15. Remove the lamb to a plate and let rest for at least 10 minutes
  16. While lamb is resting, over medium heat simmer the sauce to reduce slightly
  17. Slice lamb and serve, topping with the sauce
  18. Slice and serve,

 

Pressure Cooker Doner Kebab

The Street Food Fave Doner Kebab, At Home!

Doner Kabob Sandwich

Do you ever feel like having a tasty Doner Kabab when it is not 3 AM and you are not drunk? Well now you can! No need to wait outside the pub for the food truck to pull up, you can make a reasonable facsimile any time at home any time the mood strikes.

Doner Kabob Ingredients

What exactly is the difference between Döner Kabob, Shawarma and Gyros? Your guess is as good as mine. They are all huge cylinders of meat cooked on a spit and sliced off to order. We are going to make the meat cylinder a bit smaller, but it will still be tasty, trust me.

Sometimes the meat is made by stacking slices on top of each other and pressing together until you have a huge stack. Sometimes it is made with ground meat. We will be doing the latter. Partly because it is easier and partly because it gives it more of that authentic “drunk food” flavor.

Doner Kabob Spices

It might sound kind of like a meat loaf, but we will leave out the eggs, bread crumbs, etc. We want this to be pretty dense, so that you are able to cut thin slices off without it falling apart.

I like to cook this in a can so that it looks like a miniature version of the real thing. I know, I’m a dork, but it adds to the authenticity. If you have an aversion to cooking in a can because of BPA and whatnot, you can shape into a loaf and cook on your trivet. If you do it this way, subtract 5 minutes from the cooking time.

Tomatoes Sliced

The way I look at it, at this point in my life the grim reaper has such a wide array of methods from which to choose for me to meet my demise, I think that cooking meat in a can occasionally is waaaay down on the list.

Lettuce Chopped

Start out by placing 1 pound of ground lamb, 1/2 pound of ground turkey, a tablespoon of dehydrated onions, a couple teaspoons of Italian herb mix, a teaspoon of dried Oregano, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika in a large bowl.

Dner Kabob Meats

Mix this together well. Really get your hands in there and work it. Now, if we were making meatloaf, you would want to be careful not to overwork the meat so it would be nice and light. With this, you want it to be denser so that you are able to trim long, thin slices off of it.

Doner Meat In Can

Once you have everything mixed together, stuff it into an empty (duh) can. A large tomato can (28 ounce size) works perfectly. Really pack it down into there. I wish I could say that I came up with this can idea, but I saw it somewhere while poking around the interwebs.

Pour 1 cup of water into your pressure cooker pot and place the trivet in the bottom of the pan.

Set the can o’ meat on top of the trivet and lock the top on the pressure cooker. Depending on your pressure cooker, the top of the can may come slightly over the maximum fill line. You should be fine, as long as there is some room between the can and the top of your pot.

Set your pressure cooker to come to high pressure for 30 minutes. If you opt to cook the meat directly on the trivet, set the time for 25 minutes.

Once you get your meat started, you can work on the garlic sauce.

Garlic Sauce Ingredients

In a blender jar, place 1 8-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed and 3-6 cloves of garlic. I used 6 cloves, and it was very garlicy, but you can use less if you like it a bit less garlicy. Keep in mind, though, that it is called “Garlic Sauce”, so you do want a fairly strong garlic flavor.

Pulse a few times in a blender until everything is well mixed and garlic is finely ground.

Transfer to a small bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so.

When the time is up on your pressure cooker, let the pressure come down on its own (about 10 minutes).

Carefully remove the can from the pressure cooker and drain the liquid. I used a towel to hold the can while holding a slotted spatula over the top of the can and carefully poured out the liquid.

Doner Meat Cooked

Invert the can on a plate and lift it off of the meat. Voila! (Or as many on the internet spell it, WALA!) You have a miniature version of the huge Doner thingamabobs (or is it thingamakabobs?) that that they cut your kabab meat from. Cut thin slices from top to bottom and place on pita bread with the garlic sauce and toppings of your choice. Common toppings are tomatoes, lettuce or cabbage, cucumber slices and sliced onions.

Doner Sliced

In Germany Döner Kebab is usually served on more of a panini-type roll. I like it on the soft, thick style of pita bread, the kind without a pocket. I think this is sometimes call Greek Pita Bread. You can serve it on your bread of choice.

Top with a healthy dollop of garlic sauce and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Doner Kabab
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A pressure cooker version of the popular street food. Quick & tasty!
Ingredients
For Meat
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 empty can (28 ounce size) for cooking (optional)
For Garlic Sauce
  • 1 container (8 ounces) greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
For Serving
  • Pita Bread
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce or cabbage
Instructions
For Meat
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix with hands until everything is combined very well
  3. Pack into empty can
  4. Pour 1 cup water into the bottom of your pressure cooker
  5. Place trivet in the pot and place can with meat on top (as an alternative, you could shape meat like a loaf and cook directly on trivet
  6. Lock top on pressure cooker and set for high pressure at 30 minutes
  7. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own (about 10 minutes)
  8. Carefully drain fat from can (I hold the can with a towel and hold a slotted spatula over the top of the can and pour out fat).
  9. Slide meat out of can onto plate and let it set for a few minutes
  10. With meat vertical, slice thin slices and server on pita bread with garlic sauce and your choice of toppings
For Garlic Sauce
  1. While meat is cooking, place all ingredients in blender jar and pulse a few times until everything is well blended and garlic finely chopped.
  2. Pour into small bowl, cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

 

Pressure Cooker Rogan Josh

This Rogan Josh Is tasty, and that’s no joshing! 

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Since Easter is right around the corner, I thought it was time to add another lamb recipe to my repertoire.

One of the more popular dishes in Kashmiri cuisine, Rogan Josh Wikipedia description here is one of those things that no matter how you do it, everyone is going to tell you that you are doing it wrong and that it is “not authentic”, but don’t let that deter you. I’m not claiming that this is authentic, just good.

Rogan Josh Ingredients

My version probably leans a little more towards the version you would get at a British Curry House, but since I have never been to a British Curry House, I cannot verify that either. Much like Chili and Gumbo, there is the Tomato/No Tomato debate here as well. And yes, I do use tomatoes. A lot of recipes use yogurt, but I use some coconut milk, mainly because it works so well in the pressure cooker. I do top it with a little yogurt, though. You can skip this if you would like a paleo version.

Lamb Cubed

I found some good lamb at my local butcher and they even offered to cut it up for me, so I couldn’t very well turn that down. Either leg or shoulder would work well for this. The shoulder was a few bucks per pound cheaper, so shoulder it is!

I know two onions looks like a lot, but they will totally break down and you will end up with a tasty, oniony sauce.

Onions Garlic

Just as a lot of recipes start out, this one starts with browning the meat. I just brown it on one side. That is enough to add the caramelized flavor without taking too much time.

After the meat is browned and set aside on a plate, toss the onions in the pot, adding a little more oil if the pot looks dry. Let them cook until they start to darken just a bit, about ten minutes. Toss the garlic and ginger paste (or freshly grated ginger) in and sauté another minute or so.

Now its time to add the paprika, cayenne, cardamom, cumin, coriander, Chinese 5 spice, garam masala, fennel and turmeric. Sauté for just about 30 seconds, stirring constantly so nothing burns.

Spices

Pour in the tomatoes, coconut milk and water.

Now, return the meat to the pan and stir everything together.

Onions and Spices

Toss in a couple bay leaves, put the top on the pot, bring to high pressure and set time for 15 minutes.

Let the pressure come down for about ten minutes, then do a quick release.

Rogan Josh Cooked

If it looks really liquid, turn heat to medium and let it boil for about ten minutes, stirring frequently, until it thickens a little.

Serve it on plates or bowls with rice and naan or pita bread.

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I like to top it with a little yogurt, but you can leave it off if you want a paleo version.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 2-1/2 pounds lamb, cut into 1-1/2" to 2" cubes
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste (or freshly grated ginger)
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon fennel
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat
  2. Working in batches, brown lamb on one side only and remove to plate
  3. Sauté onion until it starts to brown just a bit (about 10 minutes)
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté another minute
  5. Pour in the paprika, cayenne, cardamom, cumin, coriander, Chinese 5 spice, garam masala, turmeric and fennel
  6. Saute for about 30 seconds
  7. Add the tomatoes, coconut milk and water
  8. Add the lamb back in and stir everything together
  9. Add the bay leaves
  10. Put the lid on the pressure cooker, turn heat to high (for electric pressure cooker, set to high pressure) and set timer for 15 minutes
  11. When timer goes off, remove from heat and do a quick release
  12. If it looks really liquid, put over medium-high heat (for electric, use sauté or brown function on medium) and let boil for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to thicken.
  13. Serve with rice on plates or bowls.
  14. Top with yogurt (optional)

 

Pressure Cooker Lamb Recipes

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way! Pressure Cooker Lamb Recipes!

I’ve noticed an increase in searches for Lamb recipes the closer it gets to Easter, so once again I’ve used the bad sitcom idea of the “clip show”, to bring you a “very special” Easter episode of Pressure Cooker Convert.

So here are links to a couple of pressure cooker lamb recipes perfect for your Easter meal. And if all goes well, I will have a brand new lamb recipe this weekend.

1. Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb

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A delicious leg of lamb with yogurt mint sauce. A tasty holiday dinner.

2. Three Season Lamb Stew

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A slightly lighter stew, great for the warmer spring weather.

And don’t forget to stop by this weekend for a brand new lamb recipe!

Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb

Easter Everywhere
Lamb_Yogurt_Sauce4 There’s no particular reason for that obscure reference to Easter Everywhere, the second album by cult favorite 1960s band The 13th Floor Elevators other than the fact that it mentions Easter and today's recipe is for Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb, in my famous just barely in time for the holiday fashion (but it's good for any time). It is a dang good album, though. Give it a listen if you are a fan of Psychedelic Music. Now back to food-related matters. I was tempted to call it Leg o' Lamb, but then I would hate myself because I get annoyed at such things as replacing the word "of" with "o'", and don't even get me started on "fixin's". So Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb (With Yogurt Sauce) it is. I am going to include separate recipes for the yogurt sauce and the lamb just to simplify things a bit, even though the sauce isn't a pressure cooker recipe. It's best to make the sauce first so you can pop it in the fridge to let the flavors blend while you work on the lamb. I used a boneless leg of lamb, since the bone-in ones at the store didn't look like they would fit in my pressure cooker. The lamb I used was 3-1/2 lbs., so the time will need to be adjusted some if you have a larger or smaller piece of lamb. It was nice of the store to include the decorative and photogenic bit of rosemary in the package. LAMB_ROSEMARY Boneless lamb usually comes already dressed in one of these sexy fishnet numbers. If yours does not you will have to tie yours up S&M style. Before you get out the leather straps and handcuffs, S&M stands for String and Meat (OK, I just made that up, but really, if your lamb doesn't have netting, roll it up and fasten with butcher twine. So first, let's do the sauce. It would probably work with low-fat yogurt, but I used full-fat Greek Yogurt, because let's face it, it tastes so much better (and it doesn't include those weird gums and whatnot that are used to make the lowfat ones thicker). Also, I haven't tried this with dried herbs, it would probably work, but would take away the nice, fresh flavor that comes from using fresh herbs, so use dried only as a last resort. Use fresh lemon as well. DILL_MINT_YOGURT_SAUCE_INGREDIENTS6 Finely chop the dill and mint, zest the lemon (I never used to use zest until I got one of these Microplane gizmos, now I'm a zesting fool) and mix it together with a cup of yogurt. Add a little salt and white pepper, too. DILL_MINT You could whisk it if you don't have an immersion blender, but I mixed it up with the Bamix. It blends the flavor a little better, and gives it a nice greenish color. YOGURT_SAUCE_PREMIX Not the most attractive concoction before blending, I know. I put it in one of the these sqeezie deals so I could make cool squiggles on the lamb, but you could just put it in a bowl and plop it on old school. MINT_DILL_YOGURT_SAUCE4 Once that is all mixed, stick it in the fridge to get it out of the way, clear away the sauce ingredients and work on that lamb which has been taken out of the fridge befor you made the sauce, right? I used a “wet” rub, which could also be used as a marinade if you have the forethought to do it ahead of time and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours, which unfortunately I did not. LAMB_RUB_INGREDIENTS3 In a bowl or measuring cup, add 1 cup olive oil, a heaping tablespoon Herbes de Provence (I use this spice blend so often that I buy the jumbo bag, so I don't need to see my Herbes dealer as often), a tablespoon of dijon mustard, juice of a lemon and some white pepper. I add some salt slightly later. I used the Bamix to blend this mixture as well (even though I have been lusting after a Vitamix, I have found the Bamix to be one of the most useful things I have ever purchased). LEG_LAMB_WITH_RUB2 Once you've got the rub all blended, go to town on that lamb. Rub that baby all over, bottom and top. make sure you have the lamb sitting on a large platter or something with sides that isn't going to make a big mess (I should have followed my own advice). LEG_LAMB_RUB2 Let the lamb be for a minute while you put a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat. When the oil gets hot, put the lamb in the cooker and brown on all sides. PC_LAMB_BROWNING After the lamb is browned, remove it to a platter and sauté the onion in the pot. When the onions are translucent, add wine, Worcestershire sauce, and the spice bag (or cheesecloth packet) with the bay leaf, peppercorns and cardamom pods (cracked first). PC_ONIONS2 Add salt and pepper to your liking at this point. Turn heat to high and add the lamb back to the pot. KUHN_RIKON_TOP_HIGH_PRESSURE You know the drill, put the top on the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. When high pressure is reached, set timer for 35 minutes (This will result in lamb ranging from rare to medium depending what part of meat it is cut from. If you don't like it so pink, try 45 minutes. you can always bring it back up to pressure for a few more minutes if it is not to your liking). Temperature should be 135-140 for medium-rare. Around 160 if you don't want pink. LEG LAMB_PRESSURE_COOKER2 Let the pressure come down naturally, remove lid, put lamb on platter and tent with foil. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. PC_LAMB_NET Remove the netting, slice the meat, plate it and top with the Dill Mint Yogurt sauce. Check out those cool squiggles that I mentioned earlier! Lamb_Yogurt_Sauce8 I leaned a little to the Mediterranean side of things with this, serving it with some Turmeric-Cardommom rice and a tomato-cucumber salad. You could easily serve it with more traditional Easter sides like mashed or boiled potatoes and a green vegetable of some sort. Give it a try, it's pretty lamb good!
Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce
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Cuisine: Greek
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A refreshing Yogurt sauce with Dill and Mint for topping Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt and white pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Whisk or blend with immersion blender
  3. Put in squeeze bottle, or cover in bowl and let flavors blend in refrigerator until ready to use.

 
Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb
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Perfect for Easter or any day, this easy pressure cooker leg of lamb is especially good with Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce
Ingredients
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 (generous) tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 3-3.5 pound boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods, cracked
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix together first six ingredients (Olive Oil through the ½ teaspoon white pepper) using whisk or immersion blender
  2. Rub mixture on the lamb and let sit a few minutes
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in pressure cooker
  4. Brown Lamb on all sides
  5. Remove Lamb to platter
  6. Saute onion in pressure cooker pot
  7. When onion is translucent, add wine and Worcestershire Sauce
  8. Put bay leaves, peppercorns and cardamom pods in a spice bag or wrap in cheesecloth
  9. Add spice bag to wine mixture in pot
  10. Turn heat to high and place the lamb back in the pot
  11. Add any rub that may have dripped onto platter into pot
  12. Add a little salt and pepper
  13. Turn heat to high, cover pressure cooker and bring to high pressure
  14. Lower heat to maintain high pressure and set timer for 35 minutes (45 minutes if you like it a little less pink)
  15. When timer sounds, let pressure come down on its own
  16. Check temperature in several spots (it should be 135-140 for rare-medium rare). If necessary bring back up to pressure for 5 minutes or so.
  17. Add salt and pepper to taste
  18. Remove to platter, tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.
  19. Serve with Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce

 

 

Pressure Cooker Three-Season Lamb Stew

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With the weather we have been having lately, you never know how the heck you are supposed to shop. You buy your groceries when it is 45 degrees, then two days later when it is pushing 80, you don’t know what to make with the stuff you bought to prepare lots of heavy, wintry dishes. Such was my dilemma recently with some lamb that I had earmarked for a hearty winter meal.

Once again, TV to the rescue! I was watching an episode of My Little Paris Kitchen, and Rachel Khoo, who hosts the show (and manages to cook some good stuff in a kitchen even smaller than mine) made a Spring Lamb Stew, which seemed to be just right for the warmer weather. I used her basic recipe as a jumping off point and made a few of my own changes. I would have used a cheaper cut of lamb if my store had it, but I ended up using some bone-in lamb steaks. I threw the bones in with everything else and removed them before serving.

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This is a much lighter stew than the heavy, gravy-rich stews that you would serve to warm your chilled bones in the cold winter weather. It is somewhere between a soup and a stew. Served in bowls, it is substantial enough to serve as a meal, but not so much as to induce hibernation. In fact, I think this would be appropriate for all but the hottest summer days, which is why I called it Pressure Cooker Three-Season Lamb Stew.

It was a Friday evening so I just wanted to make something quick and easy. I used packaged pre-peeled carrots and probably would have used pre-cleaned beans as well if the store would have had them. It needs to cook at pressure for only twelve minutes, but the time it takes to bring to a simmer and the natural pressure release brings the cooking time to about 30 minutes. It is very tasty topped with Dijon mustard.

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For the pearl onions, I used this method on StartCooking.com to peel them so as not to drive myself crazy peeling many tiny onions.

You could serve this with a salad on warmer days or some good bread on the cooler days, and you’re all set.

I’d love to hear your feedback!

Pressure Cooker Three-Season Lamb Stew
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A French-inspired rustic lamb stew
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lamb, cut into one inch chunks. If your lamb has bones, save for the pot and remove later
  • 2 tablesppons oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can beer (12 oz.), lager works well for this recipe
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 generous tablespoon Herbes de Provence (I use Penzey's, but it is a pretty standard blend, so use your favorite)
  • 1 package (around 20-25) pearl onions
  • 4 stalks celery, cut in chunks
  • ½ pound baby carrots
  • ½ pound green beans, trimmed
  • ½ pound tiny potatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. In the pressure cooker, Brown the lamb in the oil on all sides
  2. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it starts to soften
  3. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for a minute or so
  4. Add beer, chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, Herbes de Provence and thyme
  5. Bring to a simmer
  6. Add the celery, pearl onions, carrots, green beans and pototatoes
  7. Season with a little salt and pepper
  8. Put the top on the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure
  9. When high pressure is reached, reduce heat to maintain high pressure and set timer for 12 minutes
  10. When timer sounds, remove from heat and let pressure come down naturally
  11. Adjust salt and pepper to taste
  12. Remove any bones and thyme stems
  13. Serve in bowls and top with Dijon mustard