Slow cooker mania is making waves this summer, as the “fix it and leave it” motto has taken center stage. Who wants to be in front of a hot stove in the middle of a heat wave, slaving over dinner? Not me! So the alternative: Dusting off that tried and true slow cooker to do the job. When you think about slow cookers, you think winter soups, right? Wrong. This machine can make delicious dips to paellas with a few ingredients, and a lot of imagination. Slow cookers don’t have to be expensive to be reliable. I bought my Betty Crocker brand for about $40 roughly 4 years ago, and it still works like a charm.
What are we thinking of making in our slow cooker today? Feast your eyes on this:
Slow-cooked lamb gyros
- red wine vinegar 125ml
- olive oil 75ml
- dried oregano 4 tsp
- dried mint 4 tsp
- garlic granules 2 tsp
- ground cinnamon 2 tsp
- black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
- lamb shoulder (bone in) ½ large (about 1kg)
- sea salt 1 tsp
- onion 1, thinly sliced
- cucumber 1, thinly sliced
- lemon ½, juiced
- frozen oven fries 600g
- flatbreads, large pittas or wraps to serve
- hot sauce (optional)
- tahini 100g
- garlic 2 cloves, crushed
- extra-virgin olive oi 1 tbsp
- greek yogurt 200g
- caster sugar ½ tsp
- STEP 1 Whisk together the vinegar, oil, dried herbs, garlic granules, cinnamon and pepper. Put the lamb shoulder in a dish or sturdy food bag, pour over the marinade and make sure all the meat is covered. Marinate for at least an hour, but ideally overnight.
- STEP 2 Heat the slow cooker to low. Put in the lamb and marinade, and sprinkle everything with the sea salt. Cook for 5 hours, then up the slow cooker to high and cook for another hour while you get the rest of the fillings ready.
- STEP 3 Mash the tahini with the garlic and oil in a bowl then gradually mash in the yogurt with 2 tbsp water to a smooth, thick sauce. Season with the sugar and plenty of salt. Toss the onion with the cucumber and dress with the lemon juice.
- STEP 4 Cook the fries following pack instructions until really golden and crispy, and, when they’re almost ready, heat the flatbreads and wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm.
- STEP 5 Lift the lamb from the slow cooker and pour any juices into a jug (or gravy separator, if you have one). Use a couple of forks to shred the meat, discarding the bones, any gristly bits and large bits of fat that haven’t melted away. Pour off the fatty oil that has risen to the top of the juices, then toss the shredded meat with as much of the juice as you like. Taste for seasoning. Spread the warm flatbreads thickly with the garlic sauce, then top with piles of meat, veg, crispy fries and hot sauce, if you like. Wrap up and eat straight away.
*Recipe taken from olivemagazine.com
I thought it might be interesting to do a gyros dinner because even though it is technically a hot meal, you can still have the coolness of cucumbers, tomatoes and a tasty hummus to cool the palette. Summer never tasted so good folks! I suggest you pair that gyros with a refreshing Mojito topped with mint, and you will be on cloud 9! I hope you all have good times in the kitchen tonight! All the best, and happy Tuesday everyone!