Among the thousand other jars in my fridge, I always have a jar of harissa paste - it's kind of an essential for me, along with pesto, mayo and usually one of those plastic tubs of thai green paste that blows your socks off if you use too much.
Roll back to a couple of weekends ago, we had dinner at Dave's parents house. His mum had cooked a gorgeous roast dinner for Easter with a perfectly cooked and enormous leg of lamb. She sent us home with some left over meat and the next night we were home late and needed something relatively quick to eat so I threw the lamb in with some passata, wilted spinach and harissa among other things... Turns out it was delicious and ready in around 30 minutes!
So, after a few tweaks (and another roast lamb dinner later) I think I've found the perfect mix. Although, having said all that, this would work perfectly as it is without any meat or leftovers at all.
Ingredients: Serves 2
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, finely diced or grated
- 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 red pepper, cut into big dice
- 1 tbsp harissa paste
- 1 handful of kale, chopped
- 1 small tin of chickpeas (215g)
- 1/4 jar of passata (equiv to approx 150ml)
- 1 handful of left over lamb - cut into bitesize chunks.
To serve - cous cous and creme fraiche
- Fry the onion, garlic and ginger on a medium heat for a couple of minutes until soft but not browned.
- Stir in a tablespoon of harissa and allow it to cook for a few minutes, stirring into the onion mix. Then add the red pepper.
- Add the passata (as much as you want but I'd recommend around 1/4 of one of those 680g bottles)
- Add in a handful of kale and the drained chickpeas. Stir them through (don't worry, the kale will wilt down with the heat from the sauce).
- Finally, add the lamb, drop the heat right down and put a lid onto the saucepan. Leave for around 15 minutes so that the kale is fully cooked and the lamb is heated through.
To serve, I just added some cous cous (seasoned with half a vegetable oxo, black pepper and fresh coriander and mint) and creme fraiche seasoned with mint and a sprinkle of paprika.
This is rich and spicy. The lamb compliments the harissa and the chickpeas add a nice crunch. We've really enjoyed eating this dish and it's now on my list for cooking with leftovers!