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Lemon and cumin lamb fajitas is a quick and easy midweek meal which is full of taste and flavour.
I have to admit lamb is not a meat I cook very often. When I think of lamb I usually think of a roast dinner. In fact my last attempt at lamb was a slow roasted spanish style lamb which was delicious and perfect for a Sunday dinner.
When www.tastyeasylamb.co.uk got in touch and asked me to create a lamb recipe that shows that lamb is not just for Sunday lunch, I was happy to get involved. The only problem was thinking up what to make. There are so many different cuts of lamb to choose from, chops, legs, steaks, all of which would make a great meal.
I decided I was going to make lemon and cumin lamb fajitas. Fajitas are such a simple and tasty mid week meal. If you have had lamb as a Sunday roast it would be a great way to use up the leftovers.
Slow cooked leg of lamb
To make the meat for the fajitas I used a leg of lamb which I cooked in the slow cooker. I often use my slow cooker during the week, it is so nice to come home after a day at work and not have to start cooking. In this case I could come home and chop up the meat to use in the lemon and cumin lamb fajitas. Fajitas are always a really quick meal to make. It is so easy to cook a leg of lamb in the slow cooker. I added a mix of spices, a couple of tablespoons and some lemon juice to the slow cooker, rolled the lamb leg round so it was covered and just left it to cook. By the time you get home the meat will be falling off the bone, tender and juicy. You don’t need to add any juice to the slow cooker, the lamb leg produces enough as it cooks.
Lemon and cumin lamb fajitas
When you are ready to make the fajitas all you need to do is to shred the lamb into pieces. If you have too much lamb you can use it for sandwiches, a lamb and mint sauce sandwich is always tasty. I fried up some onions, baby corn, mange tout and red peppers with the lamb. To add more flavour I added some spices, a mixture of cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon and paprika along with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice. This mixture can then be placed inside fajita wraps and served. If you want you can add some salad or possibly some salsa like this cucumber, tomato and lime salsa
Lemon and cumin lamb fajtias
- To slow cook the lamb
- 1 kg leg of lamb
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp paprika
- For the fajitas
- Chopped up lamb
- 1 onion
- 100 g mangetout
- 100 g baby corn
- 1 red pepper
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Fajita wraps
- Place the leg of lamb in the slow cooker
- Peel and crush the garlic and add it with the rest of the ingredients.
- Roll the lamb leg round so it is covered in the spices.
- Cook on high for about seven hours until the lamb shreds easily.
- For the fajitas
- Shred the lamb
- Peel and chop the onion, chop the red pepper and baby corn into pieces
- Heat some oil in a pan and cook the onion, red pepper, mangetout and baby corn.
- Add the lamb, spices and lemon juice and ensure the lamb is covered in the spices
- Place the lamb into the fajita wraps
The dish is nice on its own but to add a more Moroccan twist to the meal I decided to try making some honey couscous. This was really easy to make, I just added a tablespoon full of honey to the boiling water I was making it with. I then stirred a couple of tablespoons of mixed berries into the mixture to give it a jewelled look. If you wish you could also add some chilli flakes to spice it up a little. When the couscous has been sitting for about fifteen minutes stir in a tablespoon full of olive oil and fluff it up. The honey couscous makes a lovely side dish and can also be added inside the fajitas.
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- 600 ml boiling water
- 250 g couscous
- 100 g mixed berries
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Mix the honey with the boiling water
- Pour over the couscous
- Stir in the raisins
- Let sit for fifteen minutes then add the olive oil and fluff up with a fork
There you have it, lemon and cumin fajitas with honey couscous, a quick and easy meal using lamb with the help of a slow cooker. Do you have any go to lamb recipes that you cook regularly? Do let me know below. Why not also pop over and have a look at the delicious lamb pilaf that Galina from Chez Maximka created for the challenge.