Serbian Roast Lamb with Oregano & Garlic Crust Recipe

When Serbs celebrate you can guarantee that they’ll either be eating roast pork or lamb.  I decided to use my recent trip to Belgrade as inspiration to create a roast lamb dish.  Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients

Leg or shoulder of lamb

50g butter

Generous handful of dried oregano

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 lemon, sliced

1 white onion, sliced

500ml lamb stock

50ml red wine

Instructions

Place sliced lemon and onion in a roasting tin

Mix the butter with the oregano and garlic

Use a sharp knife to make insertions into the lamb (this will aid the marinating process)

Slather the butter mixture onto the lamb

Pour in the wine and a little of the stock

Place the lamb in the roasting dish

Serbian Roast Lamb

Cover the tin with foil

(You’ll need to keep adding more stock to the tin every hour)

Put the tin in the oven on a low heat (about 140ºC) for at least three hours

After 2 1/2 hours remove the foil from the tin

Place lamb back in the oven for a final 30 minutes to brown the crust

Remove from the oven and allow lamb to rest before carving

Sieve the juices, stock etc. into a saucepan

Heat the stock until it has become concentrated into a thick jus

Roast Serbian Lamb

Serve the lamb with your choice of side dishes

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Bulgarian Chicken with Beans Casserole

This dish is the ultimate in one-pot cooking.  All the ingredients literally go in one pot which is put in the oven and after just 1 1/2 hours is cooked to absolute perfection.  This recipe serves 4 very hungry people!

Ingredients:

250g tin of kidney beans

8 chicken thighs and drumsticks

12 streaky bacon rashers

1 large white onion

250ml dry white wine

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp rosemary

pinch of nutmeg

150ml sour cream

1 tbsp paprika

lemon wedges, rosemary sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat oven at 180ºC

Arrange bacon around sides and base of ovenproof dish.

Sprinkle over onion.

Bacon & Onion

Sprinkle over kidney beans.

Bacon, onion, kidney beans

Trim chicken pieces.

Combine wine, oregano, rosemary and nutmeg.

Pour wine mix over the bacon, onion and beans.

Mix together sour cream and paprika in a bowl or plastic bag.

Sour cream & paprika

Toss the chicken in the sour cream.

Chicken in sour cream

Place coated chicken on top of onion and beans.

Ready for the oven!

Cover with foil or lid.

Place casserole dish in oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

For the last 15 minutes of cooking, remove the foil or lid.

Serve garnished with rosemary and a wedge of lemon.

Ready to serve!
Ready to serve!

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