Monday, 6 March 2017

Tuesday Food blog - Harissa spiced lamb with cannellini beans

Good old Mary Berry inspires once again.

Harissa spiced lamb

This recipe is easy enough and very tasty. There are enough carbs in the beans to just serve with a green vegetable. Apart from the beans shown I also served up sprout tops which are quite sweet. In fact probably more tasty than the sprouts.
I couldn't get the rose harissa that Mary recommends but the ordinary paste worked well.


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz lamb neck fillet, trimmed and cut into small pieces
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, finely grated
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 250ml/9fl oz dry white wine
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1½ tbsp harissa paste (preferably rose)
  • ½ lemon, juice and finely grated rind only
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a deep, ovenproof frying pan or flameproof casserole dish. Sprinkle the cumin and coriander over the lamb pieces and fry in two batches in the hot oil for about 5 minutes or until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Pour the remaining oil into the pan, add the ginger and onions and fry over a high heat for 10 minutes until soft. Pour in the wine and boil for 2–3 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to incorporate all the caramelised meaty bits.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the beans, and stir well, then return the lamb to the pan, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour 15 minutes. Stir in the beans and return to the oven to cook for 15 minutes, or until the lamb is tender.

You could also serve this dish up with crusty bread or flat breads.

God Bless