Last Sunday’s slow cooked mutton dish was mutton ‘osso buco’ from Nigel Slater The Kitchen Diaries 2. I didn’t have bone in lamb steaks so used chops of our mutton. Not much I can say about this, not least because I have a small crazy (but rather unwell puppy) trying to climb up my leg.
Let’s just say it is delicious – the dish, not the puppy!
Mutton osso buco: mutton chops – I used about 8 as they weren’t that big; large onion; 2 stalks of celery; 2 large carrots; olive oil; 250ml Marsala; little bit of lamb stock; pasta and parsley to serve.
Heat the oil in a shallow pan, then brown the mutton chops. Remove to a plate. Chop the vegetables into small cubes and fry in the same pan for about 15 minutes. Put the mutton back in the pan and add the Marsala. Season and bring to the boil. LOwer the heat, cover and cook until the mutton is tender – probably 40-60 minutes, but it doesn’t hurt if you cook it for longer. Add a little stock if it starts to get dry.
Serve on buttered pasta, sprinkled with parsley. Pappardelle would have been lovely, but we had wholewheat spirals on the Sunday (I had been at a dog trial all day) and then spaghetti when we had leftovers the next day.
N.B. I took the lamb off the bone before serving as James doesn’t like bones!
N.B. Puppy has got the most awful watery squirts which is worrying me – off to vet this morning.