Weekly specials: Lamb shanks, Greek lamb sausages

Lamb shanksLamb shanks are delicious, aren’t they? Succulent, tender and tasty when you take the time to cook them long and slow with lovely herbs and stock… yum.

This week (4-9 July) we have fresh lamb shanks on special for just $12.99 per kilo.

And staying with the lamb theme, have you tried our Greek lamb sausages? They’re one of our most popular sausage flavours and they’re gluten-free. This week Bruce and Jeff have put Greek lamb sausages on special for $11.99 per kilo.

Here are a few recipe ideas which might inspire you to try something different this week.

Chelsea Winter’s utterly delicious lamb shanks (top right) look utterly delicious!

How about cooking a bigger batch of lamb shanks? Eat some your favourite way with mash or something similar and use the extra shank meat and uber-tasty gravy/sauce to make a decadent lamb shank pie? The UK’s James Martin makes a cracking-looking lamb shank pie.

Sausage mushroom pasta saladFancy something a little fresher like a wintery pasta salad? Jeff’s wife Kate likes to cook a batch of sausages – the Greek lamb ones would be perfect – under the grill. While they’re cooking, she cooks enough small pasta to feed however many are eating dinner. Orzo or risoni (a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice) is a good option. When it’s cooked and drained, put it in a warmed bowl and stir through a little olive oil so it doesn’t stick together. A lemon-infused olive oil is nice, if you have it. In a pan, gently cook some sliced mushrooms with garlic. Prepare some green veg like broccoli and/or cauliflower florets, peas, sliced spinach or silverbeet, and cook these according to your preferences. Kate likes them lightly cooked and often throws them in with the mushrooms and a dash of water, covering the pan to cook briefly and get nice and garlicky. Slice the sausages, then toss together with the cooked vegetables and pasta before serving. You can use whatever vegetables you like – mixed frozen ones would be great and economical. Add some fresh or dried herbs to the mushrooms if you like and don’t forget to salt the pasta water and add a good grind of pepper to everything. If you have pine nuts, these are delicious toasted and added to this pasta salad. A few sliced olives would work well with the Greek lamb sausages!

How-to-make-sausage-rolls---Egg-washWhat about an easy, homemade lamb sausage roll with fresh veg for dinner? We reckon these will go down a treat with all the family. And if you need to be gluten-free, our Greek lamb sausages will fit the bill and most supermarkets have ready-made gluten-free pastry or google how to make your own gluten-free pastry.




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