Thursday, 8 January 2015

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket, Moroccan Spiced Lamb & Pork Sausage Stew

This is the second part of a Slow Cooker Recipe Development project I've undertaken for Quality Meat Scotland and the Good Family Food Facebook Page. You can find the first three recipes - Lamb Shanks with Red Wine and Butter Beans, Beef with Sweet Potato and Chorizo and Pork, Pumpkin, Apple & Ginger Casserole - on this blog post. Below are the final three recipes in the series using Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket, Moroccan Spiced Lamb & Pork Sausage Stew

Slow Cooked Scotch Beef Brisket with Beer & Barley
Serves 4, with leftovers

INGREDIENTS
1kg Scotch Beef Brisket
3 large Potatoes
2 Onions
1 large Carrot
¼ Neep/Swede
50g Pearl Barley
500ml Dark Ale
2 cloves Garlic - crushed
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Slow Cooked Scotch Beef Brisket with Beer & Barley

METHOD
Thinly slice the potatoes and onions and layer them alternately in the bottom of the crock pot. Place the brisket on top of this base.
Peel and cube the carrot and neep and add them along with the pearl barley to the slow cooker around the sides of the joint of beef. 
Crush the garlic and rub it over the top of the brisket, then season it with salt and pepper. 
Pour the dark ale over the vegetables around the meat. Mix together the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and spoon over the brisket. 
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
This dish is a meal in itself and the leftover brisket can be used cold in sandwiches or to make wonderful stovies.

Slow Cooked Scotch Beef Brisket with Beer & Barley

Slow Cooked Pork Sausage, Cranberry & Green Lentil Stew
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
12 Pork Sausages
180g Bacon Lardons (or streaky bacon)
Salt & Pepper
1 large Carrot
1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic - crushed
410g Tin of Green Lentils (drained)
500ml Pork or Chicken Stock
2Tbsp Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Thyme
Crème Fraiche to taste

Slow Cooked Sausage, Cranberry & Green Lentil Stew

METHOD
If desired, brown the sausages in a frying pan. This is purely for looks so the choice is yours. Put the sausages in the crock pot along with the bacon lardons (or finely chopped streaky bacon) Season well with salt and pepper.
Peel and cube the onion and carrot, crush the garlic and add to the slow cooker along with the contents of the drained tin of green lentils.
Make up 500ml of lamb or chicken stock, add a couple of heaped Tablespoons of Cranberry sauce, stir well and pour it all into the slow cooker.
Finally nestle in a couple of sprigs of Thyme and put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
Remove the thyme sprigs before serving and if desired stir through some crème fraiche for a creamy finish. Serve alongside lots of crusty bread to soak up the juices. 

Slow Cooked Sausage, Cranberry & Green Lentil Stew

Slow Cooked Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Apricots, Lentils and Almonds
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
600g Cubed Scotch Lamb 
Salt & Pepper
1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic - crushed
1 x 400g Tin Peeled and Chopped Tomatoes
150g Ready-to-eat Dried Apricots
75g Red Lentils
25g flaked almonds
500g Lamb or Chicken Stock
2 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Cinnamon
1tsp Cumin
1tsp Coriander
Fresh Coriander to serve

Slow Cooked Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Apricots, Lentils and Almonds

METHOD
Season the cubed lamb with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker crock pot. 
Peel and slice the onions, crush the garlic and add to the slow cooker along with the contents of the tin of chopped tomatoes.
Chop the dried ready-to-eat apricots into halves or thirds, remember that they will swell up during cooking. Add them to the dish along with the flaked almonds and the lentils. The lentils will act as a thickener.
Make up 500ml of lamb or chicken stock and pour into the slow cooker.
Finally add the spices and give everything a thorough stir.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve sprinkled with chopped fresh coriander on a bed of Cous Cous to soak up the delicious spiced juices.

Slow Cooked Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Apricots, Lentils and Almonds

I'm linking this post up with the Lavendar & Lovage Cooking with Herbs blogger challenge. The theme this month is Store Cupboard Basics and Essentials. Plenty of those in all the recipes above including tinned tomatoes, red lentils, pearl barley, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, green lentils and cranberry sauce. 


Disclosure - QMS commissioned me and compensated me for my time in creating Slow Cooker recipes for their Good Family Food Facebook page. All views expressed are my own.

34 comments :

  1. All three recipes sound absolutely delicious. I love my slow cooker (I am actually cooking brisket in it at the moment). I think I shall be trying your sausage recipe next. It sounds ace!

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    1. Brisket is just so well suited to the slow cooker. Hope you enjoy the sausages if you try them

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  2. I love red meat and also one pot meals so everyone of these are right up my street. Mouth is watering thinking of them...need to go shopping now! :)

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  3. Oooh that lamb sounds amazing! Going to save it to try later. Also off to investigate your other 3 recipes now. I'm always looking for new slow cooker ideas

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    1. The lamb is indeed lovely. Sweet and spicy and perfect comfort food.

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  4. These recipes gorgeous - I love Moroccan cooking (even spent a day cooking in a Riad in Marrakech) but I need some new recipes. Your lamb dish definitely fits the bill - esp as you can make it in slow cooker!

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    1. I've been to Marrakech on a yoga retreat. Amazing place. Cooking in a Riad sounds very exciting.

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  5. 3 recipes for the price of 1, love it:-) Particularly like the Moroccan Lamb as I love the mixture of spices with the sweet apricot:-) I must do more in my slow cooker!

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    1. I'm on a bit of a roll with my slow cooker at the moment. Its such a hassle free dinner once the prep is done.

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  6. I've been looking for more slow cooker recipes so will definitely add this to the list to try. It looks delicious!

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    1. I hope you do try them and find them as delicious as I did.

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  7. Oh my, I want to go home right now and get cooking. They look beautiful and sound very yummy :)

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    1. That's exactly the kind of response I love to hear. Happy Cooking!

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  8. These look delicious, I'd have to choose the Moroccan lamb as my favourite.

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    1. Not sure I could choose a favourite but the Moroccan Lamb is particularly lovely and could work equally well as a weeknight supper or a dinner party dish.

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  9. These recipes look delicious. I got a slow cooker for Christmas and I'm using it a lot, I'll be trying some of these out for my boys.

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    1. An excellent Christmas Gift. Santa made a good choice. You'll love it/

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  10. Oh I was looking for new slow cooker meals. Thank you. These look delicious

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    1. I hope that you've bookmarked them and give them a try. Do let me know what you think.

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  11. Ooh these look amazing - I particular love anything with lentils in it! Feel free to add these to #FoodieFriday x

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    1. Thanks Helen, I love the addition of lentils in a dish to. Protein, bulk and flavour. It's win win!

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  12. All three recipes look lovely and very warming.

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    1. Thanks Angela. They are all perfect comfort food for this awful wintry weather.

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  13. what a beautiful collection of recipes

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    1. Thanks Claire. So glad that you like them.

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  14. Very nice. I have never thought about slow cooking sausages.

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    1. Sausages work fantastically well in the Slow Cooker. Hope I've encouraged you to give them a try.

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  15. These look and sound delicious. I'm 2 weeks into a dairy free diet and struggling! But I am becoming more mindful of what I'm eating which is good, so have been trawling the net today for new recipes. Thank you for these, I love new slow cooker recipes :) x x

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    1. Good luck with your dairy free diet and I hope you give my recipes a try.

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  16. Yum!!!!!!!! I wish I wasn't on a diet!

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    1. Noting diet unfriendly in any of them. Lots of lean read meat and plenty of veg.

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  17. GREAT recipe thanks and I LOVE the goodly dollop of mustard in the side too! Karen

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    1. My Dad always says that Mr Colman made his fortune by what is left on the side of the plate!

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