The softest, tenderest meat of all is lamb. It’s a shame that most Americans don’t eat much of it. I’m not exactly sure why that is, because it definitely deserves more love. Our piece of lamb today is the “selle d’agneau” which is different from the “gigot” or the “souris.” It works well when cooked “en cocotte” among lots of veggies. We’re making Selle d’Agneau en Cocotte aux Legumes et Miel (Lamb with veggies and honey). The cocotte traps in all the steam and flavors and acts like a mini-oven inside your oven. Le Creuset makes a pretty heavy-duty piece of artillery, and is my new best cooking assistant aside from my number one who had a hand in preparing all the veggies and braising the meat!
The first step is to gently braise the outside of the lamb in olive oil, in a cocotte, like so, making sure all sides are nicely browned.
Remove the meat and let sit, covered with tinfoil. It will be about an hour until we come back to it.
In the bottom of the cocotte, leave all the wonderful lamb juice and olive oil. Add in chopped carrots, potatoes, whole shallots and whole cloves of garlic, mixing well and coating them in oil. Add coarse salt. Add even more olive oil if you think the veggies need more to be coated well.
Cover the cocotte and place in the oven at 210C (405F) for 1 hour. 5 minutes before the hour is up, mix up some honey and olive oil. Again, our second very much loved honey pot was at it’s end, and so we poured the olive oil directly into the pot and mixed it all up. Use a teaspoon to get it on top of the lamb, then use your fingers to massage it all into the meat in all the nooks and crannies. Remove the cocotte from the oven, and push the cooked veggies to the sides of the cocotte, making room so that your piece of meat touches the bottom.
Cover and bake at 210C (405F) for 25 minutes, until the meat is pink.
Carve the lamb and enjoy! This is not the most elegant photo I’ve taken, but honestly this lamb just looked so delicious that all we wanted to do was eat it! And what a shame not to eat it hot, so you’ll have to live with this mediocre poorly staged photo that is sure to get rejected from all of the “food porn” websites like foodgawker and tastespotting, but screw them, we had a really awesome lunch! 🙂
Mmmm mmm!! This seriously was divine. It’s too bad little man didn’t want any of the potatoes or carrots, only the meat! Sigh… we can try, but we can’t force them…
Stay tuned for tomorrow; I’m making a loaf of something delicious… it’s a yummy treat. We all like those 🙂