The new year started with a bang! The lovely people at Lavazza decided to spoil me rotten and sent me some of their best coffees to try out. On Sunday, I decided to wreck havoc in my kitchen and share some amazing recipes.
Lavazza has some really great recipes to try on their website but I wanted to try something wacky and something indulgent. The coffee blends from Lavazza are 100% Brazilian Arabica coffee with a distinctive tone and delicate hints of chocolate and caramel. Great quality and love the smell of coffee!
I thought I’d cook a lamb shank with a mix of spices and coffee. WHAAAT?! Yep. And something sweet for dessert.
I headed to my butcher and got ONE lamb shank. Yes, just one because I didn’t really trust this wacky experimental recipe I was going with. I, admittedly, did Google to check if someone was as crazy as me and funny enough quite a few website had coffee infused BBQ meat recipes but nothing with the kind of spices I was using. I set myself a big day of cooking by also trying a super indulgent Salted Caramel Mocha and Nutella Brownie recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
Coffee infused spiced Lamb Shank with Dauphinoise Potatoes:
I went back to my Pakistani roots and decided a blend of spices with a 1.5 tablespoon of Lavazza ground coffee. I don’t do measurements unless it’s baking so I did a mix of the following spices. If you’ve never cooked with spices before then it would be good to start with a 1 teaspoon and build up the spice intensity by testing the mix BEFORE you add coffee. I added salt at the end.
Note: I had to keep a constant eye on the lamb to ensure I wasn’t overcooking it and also basting it with its own juices to keep the lamb shank moist.
Spice and coffee mix:
- Red Chilli Powder
- Black pepper
- Cardamom powder
- Cumin seeds
- Cinnamon powder
- Turmeric powder (half teaspoon)
- Coriander powder
- Crushed bay leaves
- Brown sugar (half teaspoon)
- Salt (according to taste)
- 1 tablespoon of Cafe Moulu ground coffee
Other ingredients for Lamb Shank:
- Olive oil
Harri Bharri Chutney: (aka Mint, Coriander, Parsley and Green Chilli chutney)
Harri Bharri is an expression in Urdu that means green and full of life. Harri= green.
I make big batches of this to go with my curries and freeze some for later. I did not intend to use it with the lamb shank but it went amazingly well drizzled on top of the lamb shank. This is something my mum makes at home all the time! It’s perfect with curries on its own or mixed with yogurt. Very refreshing too!
Ingredients (from Tesco or your local grocery shop):
Grab yourself bunches of:
- Green chillies (according to how hot you want it)
- 1-2 roughly chopped garlic cloves
- 1 medium sized roughly chopped tomato.
- Salt to taste
I have a hand blender so added all the ingredients in a bowl, added a dash of water and went to work with my hand blender. The result is a refreshingly green and spicy green chutney. You can even freeze if you make a huge batch.
Using the spices and coffee mix I prepared, I marinated the lamb shank and put it in the fridge for 2-3 hours. The coffee overpowered the smell and taste of the mix. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have much hope of it turning out any good hahah But I kept the faith and persevered!
I transferred it to an oven dish and added a generous glug of olive oil. I also added garlic and lots of rosemary. I set the oven to 200 C to sear the lamb shank all over. After 5 minutes, I turned the oven down to 160 C and let it cook for 2-3 hours. During this time, I kept on checking the lamb and made sure it wasn’t burning.
My flatmate’s comment was “It’s quite a special smell” In other words: WHAT THE F IS THIS?!
I kept the faith (:P) with the hope it’ll work out. I browned some onions and added those half way through.
For my first attempt EVER at cooking a lamb shank, it wasn’t a bad attempt. Also, don’t be scared if the smell of coffee is overwhelming. It’s normal unless you can smell something burning. In that case…PANIC!!!!!!
I was going to make my own potatoes but I still had to make the brownies and I was so hungry that I couldn’t be bothered to make them too. Marks and Spencer does these delicious Dauphinoise Potatoes that went really well with the lamb shank.
Let me tell you guys, I had four different people sample this lamb shank and they ALL LOVED IT! I honestly did not have much hope this recipe would turn into anything BUT I cook almost every day so I HOPED it wouldn’t be that much of a disaster.
It definitely surpassed all my expectations and I was very pleased with myself. It’s definitely a recipe I will be trying for myself especially with such an unusual ingredient like Lavazza coffee! The strong smell and taste of coffee went away once the lamb was fully cooked. Go figure…
Half Baked Harvest’s Salted Caramel Coffee & Nutella Recipe:
This recipe had my name written all over it. It was exactly the kind of recipe I was looking for my, I think, second attempt at making brownies. I love buying brownies!
I don’t bake at all so I was quite unsure of how they will turn out. But one thing I do know with baking is that as long as you get the measurements right, you’ll be fine. It’s not like my usual method of cooking which is more about intuition. My friend/flatmate/sous chef helped me overcome my fear of baking and helped with the mixing! haha
I altered some things in the recipe to suit my taste. I:
- used Lindt Dark Chocolate, 1 70% cocoa and 1 90% cocoa
- used 75gm of unsalted butter
- added walnuts as I love nutty brownies
- used Lavazza coffee
- used Cacao powder instead of cocoa powder
- used store bought salted caramel
For ingredients and method, please check out Half Baked Harvest’s website here. It is THE BEST!
And the result!!
Delicious and gooey salted caramel “Lavazza coffee” and nutella brownies. Suffice to say- everyone devoured these like there was no tomorrow!
There is plenty more Lavazza coffee to use and create more recipes. I may try an Affogato…MAY.
I hope you enjoyed this latest blog post. More to follow!