Slow Cooker Lamb and Savoy Cabbage Casserole
With this chilly weather the slow cooker comes into its own for warming dishes to ward off the chill. Making the most of the seasonal veg, my slow cooker lamb and savoy cabbage casserole is easy to make and perfect to serve up to the hungry hordes after a long day at school or work. And since lamb always makes me think of Spring, we can eat this and look forward to the Spring days and forget about the winter.
Easy to Prepare
I managed to prepare this dish, sling it in the slow cooker, then get on with my work on a day I was working from home and had loads to do. As there is no complicated prep to do it doesn’t take long at all to prepare the vegetables, fry off the lamb (this ensures you get a great flavour and seals the fat into the meat) and pop it in the crockpot. If you need to leave early for work, you can even prepare the veg the night before and leave them in a tub in the fridge, to save on time.
We tend to have a beef stew or chicken casserole usually so a lamb casserole makes a nice change and went down very well with the family. Savoy cabbage pairs so well with lamb and I also really love mint sauce so made sure I included some in the recipe in with the lamb stock, and the resulting minted lamb casserole tastes just divine. By coating the diced lamb in flour after frying it off this ensured that the gravy thickened as it cooks and was not too thin. The gravy is the best bit for me, I will be found dipping a bit of crusty bread in the pot to get the last of it!
Full of Veg
I squeezed as many vegetables as I could into this lamb casserole, so you don’t need to serve any on the side if you don’t want to as you already have a good serving. Peas, carrots and savoy cabbage and onion are all in there. Even the kids liked the savoy cabbage cooked this way and didn’t feel the need to pick any bits out. Winning!
Slow Cooker Family Dish
My slow cooker lamb and savoy cabbage casserole is going to be a real family favourite here this winter I can tell. From the delicious aroma that fills the house – what is it about lamb cooking? – to the fact it is so easy to make and can be served with your favourite side – we like it with creamy mash or crusty bread – there is not a single negative I can find about this dish. If you want to serve up a comforting dish to keep the family going whatever the weather, this ticks all the boxes.
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A minted lamb casserole made in the slow cooker, perfect for winter and full of vegetables
- 600 g diced lamb
- 3 tsp plain flour
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 medium carrots chopped
- 350 ml boiling water
- 2 lamb stockpots/stock cubes I used Knorr lamb stockpots
- 70 g fresh peas shelled
- 90 g savoy cabbage chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 tsp mint sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
Dry fry the diced lamb in a pan to brown it and seal it. Once browned all over, remove from the heat and coat the lamb in the plain flour.
Place the onion, carrots, peas, savoy cabbage and lamb in the slow cooker pot.
Pour over the boiling water and add the lamb stockpots or cubes, tomato puree, mint sauce, rosemary and season to taste.
Cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 7-8 on low.
What’s your favourite winter dish? I wonder how many votes there would be for a good lamb casserole or beef stew.