Add a little crunch to tender spring lamb with this Dominic Jack recipe for Lamb croquette with chickpea and coriander.

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This lamb croquette is really elegant on the plate, but is easy to get the hang of. Though it takes a while to prepare, because the meat is slow cooked, the actual work involved doesn’t take a lot of time. It’s also a good way to use up leftover cuts of lamb if you have some after you’ve enjoyed a big family roast. Once you’ve slow cooked the lamb, the rest of this recipe is fairly simple – and creating the croquettes can be a lot of fun, especially if you can find some helpers to lend a hand rolling them out. Just take care when you’re deep frying them. I like to serve the croquettes with chickpeas as the creaminess works really well against the crunch and juiciness of the croquettes. Matched with the fresh flavours and colours of the peppers, coriander and garlic, it’s a perfect spring dish.

Ingredients

  • For the croquettes:
  • 1 lamb neck and 500g shoulder
  • 20ml olive oil
  • 2 litres lamb stock
  • 2 onions
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 30g chopped coriander
  • 150g plain flour
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 300g breadcrumbs
  • 20ml cream
  • 1 litre vegetable oil
  • For the chickpea purée:
  • half an onion
  • half a carrot
  • half a clove of garlic
  • 300g chickpeas (soak in cold water for 24 hours)
  • 20ml sherry vinegar
  • 5g butter
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 30g chopped coriander
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 cloves pickled garlic
  • 8 whole black pitted olives
  • splash of olive oil

Method

Lamb croquette with chickpea and coriander

 

Method for the croquettes

1 Pre-heat the oven to 160C/Gas Mark 2½. Heat some olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan or casserole dish with a lid, and add the lamb neck and shoulder on the bone. Brown on all sides, then set aside.

2 Roughly chop 1 onion, 2 carrots and 1 stick of celery.

3 Take the same pan, add a splash of oil and sweat the vegetables over a low heat until they start to release their juices.

4 Add the lamb back into the pan or dish and cover with lamb stock and cook in the oven for approximately 3 hours. It is ready when the lamb falls off the bone when prodded with your finger.

5 Allow to cool in the braising liquid for 30 minutes, then drain, straining the stock into a saucepan, discarding the vegetables. Reduce the braising liquid to a sauce consistency. Once cool, pick the meat off the bone and put it into a large bowl. Cut 3 carrots and 1 onion into 1cm dice. Slowly sweat the onion adding the carrot after 5 minutes. Once the carrot is almost cooked add in the ground cumin and cook for about 4-5 minutes more.

6 Mix together the meat, diced cooked vegetables, the reduced sauce and coriander. Roll into 4 equal balls and place in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to firm up.

7 Take three shallow bowls or plates. Put the flour in one, in the second put the beaten egg yolk and the cream and put the breadcrumbs in the last one. Take each lamb ball and cover in flour, gently tapping off any excess, then roll in the egg and cream mix, followed by the breadcrumbs, making sure each ball is completely covered.

8 Place in the egg mix again, followed by the breadcrumbs and repeat once more.

9 Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan at 180C/Gas Mark 4. Deep fry the croquettes until golden, then place back in the oven until piping hot.

Method for the chickpea purée

10 Add a splash of oil to a heavy-bottomed pan and heat over a medium heat.

11 Place half an onion, half a carrot and half a clove of garlic (not chopped or diced so you can remove them later) in a heavy-bottomed pan and sear until golden brown. Add in the chickpeas.

12 Cover with chicken stock. Allow to simmer until cooked – top up with extra chicken stock if required. Remove the vegetables and strain the liquid. Keep a couple of handfuls of chickpeas aside, and, adding a few splashes of sherry vinegar, blend the rest in a blender until smooth and creamy. Season to taste.

To serve

13 Roast and peel the red pepper, removing the skin and seeds and cut into 1cm pieces. Roughly chop the pickled garlic cloves, olives and coriander. Peel the skin off the chickpeas that were set aside earlier.

14 Gently heat the purée until piping hot. Place 1 tablespoon on the bottom of each plate. In another pan heat 30ml of chicken stock and add a small knob of butter, and reduce together until emulsified.

15 Add in the roasted red pepper, olives, pickled garlic, coriander, and peeled chickpeas. Once the garnish is hot and has a nice shine remove it from the heat and spoon on top of the chickpea purée. Place a croquette on each plate and serve with fresh coriander – although for the dish above I have used a coriander foam for extra visual impact.

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Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack

In March 2013, Tom Kitchin and close friend and fellow chef Dominic Jack opened The Scran & Scallie alongside the management team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant. The pub, which is located in Stockbridge Edinburgh, presents a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and showcases menus developed by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, which demonstrate their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland.

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About The Author

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack

In March 2013, Tom Kitchin and close friend and fellow chef Dominic Jack opened The Scran & Scallie alongside the management team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant. The pub, which is located in Stockbridge Edinburgh, presents a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and showcases menus developed by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, which demonstrate their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland.