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Garlic Bruschetta with Warm Lamb & Spinach

Garlic Bruschetta 4 long slices ciabatta, cut 2cm thick 1 - 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic powder Lamb 2 tsp ground Cumin 2 tsp ground Coriander salt & pepper to taste 1# lamb leg steak 2 tsp olive oil Dressing 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1/8 tsp garlic powder Black Peppercorns, freshly ground, to season 1 - 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves 4 tomatoes, sliced 8 - 12 grilled asparagus spears (optional)

To prepare the bruschetta Brush the bread on both sides with the olive oil, then sprinkle evenly with the garlic powder. Cook under a preheated grill until golden brown on both sides.
To prepare the lamb Combine the spices and salt on a sheet of waxed paper, then grind over about ½ tsp  Coloured Peppercorns. Roll the lamb in the mixture. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the lamb and cook over a moderately high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until brown and cooked to your liking. Cover and leave for 5 minutes, then cut across the grain into 2-3cm slices.
To prepare the dres…

Rabbit Stew and Dumplings

For the dumplings:
3 cups self-rising flour
14 tablespoons butter
A bunch of fresh tarragon, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Milk
Nutmeg

For the rabbit:
1 rabbit, cut into pieces
Flour
Olive oil
A couple tablespoons of butter
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 slices of bacon, finely sliced
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
9 ounces mushrooms (field, shitake, or oyster), cleaned and torn
A large onions, chunked
1 1/2 pints chicken stock

Mix dough, make into 1” balls, sprinkle with nutmeg, and place on a tray in the fridge.
C oat rabbit with flour, shaking off any excess. Heat a deep oven-proof pot, about 12 inches in diameter, with a little olive oil and a couple tablespoons of butter, add the rabbit pieces and cook for about 5 minutes until golden on all sides.
Add a good pinch of salt and pepper and the bacon. Saute for a few minutes until the bacon is crispy, keeping the rabbit moving around the pan at the same time. Add the rosemary sprigs, mushrooms and o…

Shepherd's Pie

2 T butter
1 medium chopped onion
2 sliced carrots
4 T flour
2 c beef or chicken stock
chopped parsley and thyme
1lb cooked ground lamb, or shredded roast lamb
2 c mashed potatoes

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the chopped onion cover and let sweat for a few minutes. Add the carrots. Stir in the flour and cook until it is slightly browned, then add the stock and herbs.
Bring to the boil and reduce it a little by boiling for about 5 minutes.
Add the meat and bring back to the boil.
Place in a pie dish and cover with the mashed potatoes bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Rabbit and Sausage Gumbo

1 medium rabbit
6 cups water
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 celery stalks, including leaves, chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
6 oz Kielbasa (or other smoked sausage) cut in 1/2 ” pieces
1/2 lb okra, cut in slices
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 16 oz can peeled tomatoes
2 tsp filé powder (a Sassafras powder found in fish markets)

In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, simmer rabbit, salt and pepper in water for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Remove rabbit from broth and let cool. Remove meat from bone in large pieces and return meat to broth in pan. In a skillet, heat oil. Sauté onion, pepper, celery and garlic for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add sausage, okra, cayenne, thyme and bay leaf. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes. Add vegetable mixture and tomatoes to rabbit. Simmer 30 minutes. Stir in filé the last few minutes before serving. Serve over rice with a green salad and crusty French bread.

Lamb Meatball Appetizers

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2 lb. ground lamb 4 tsp fresh mint, chopped 4 tsp fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped Grated peel of one lemon 1 T garlic, minced 1 ½ tsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp cumin seed, ground 1 tsp black pepper, ground 1 tsp kosher salt
1 lb feta cheese in block form 15 greek olives 60 bamboo skewers 60 pieces of fresh mint
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
For the meatballs: Mix the meat and other ingredients until just combined and everything is well distributed. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the meat and form into balls. Place the formed meatballs on a sheet pan. Place the meatballs 1 -2 inches apart, you will need two large sheet pans. These can be made ahead and held in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, or until nicely browned on the outside and cooked through. Slice the olives into strips. If the olives have pits, just slice the meat off the sides of the olive and then cut into strips if the olive pieces are large. Cut the feta cheese into ½ inch…