Moroccan Lamb with apricots and almonds

Moroccan Lamb with apricots and almonds

serves 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 50g blanched almonds

  • 2 small onions or large shallots, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and very finely sliced

  • 10 strands of saffron

  • 2.5 cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed

  • 1 cinnamon stick broken in half

  • 450 g Scotch Lamb neck fillet sliced into 1 cm pieces

  • 8 soft semi-dried apricots

  • 8 dates, torn into halves

  • 3-4 strips thinly pared orange rind

  • 1-2 tbsp clear honey

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaf

Cooking Method

  1. Heat oil in a heavy-based pan and stir the almonds until they turn golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic until softened and beginning to brown. Stir in the saffron, ginger, coriander and cinnamon.
  3. Toss in the lamb, coating it in the spices and fry for a couple of minutes. Return the almonds to the pan.
  4. Pour in enough water to barely cover the meat and bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer very gently for about 30 mins until the meat is tender.
  5. Add the apricots, dates and orange rind and a little extra water if necessary, check the seasoning. Re-cover the pan and simmer for a further 15 mis.
  6. Add the honey, check the seasoning again and simmer for 10 more mins. The sauce should be quite syrupy. Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander and couscous.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

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