Just as well I tried out a new recipe today – cos the totals on the “side hustle” side is pretty low today – just a £1.50 credit for a tutorial …………….. I have however cracked on with lots of “longer term” stuff that has been hanging around and have moved it all on massively..
Still – weeny or not, its been added to the whiteboard and the boys have done all the adding up so that means I have actually managed to make money on the last fifteen out of fifteen day so “Woop!!” to Team Colliar
So ……………. yesterday I was given a 475g box of minced lamb (didn’t they used to be 500g boxes BTW???). A friend had bought it RTC and thought it was beef – got it home and found it was lamb and as the hubby refuses to eat lamb the box found its way into my fridge instead.
So one friend donated the lamb and another, Carol on Facebook donated the link to a recipe for making your own Home-made donner kebabs in the slow cooker …………….. so you know me!!! Had to give it a wee go!!!
Looks just like the £9.00 version from the local take-away would …………… although I am not sure that is strictly a good thing. Still for a once in a while Saturday Night Treat it hit the spot and got a 10/10 from the big lad too.
And kebab for three didn’t cost the £27 it would have cost if we had ordered in ….. in fact everything but the lamb was from my stores and the lamb was RTC at £3.00 – and we have eaten £1.50 worth tonight and frozen the rest. I think DS1 may have kebab for lunch next week
Chips were done in the oven with a squirt of frylight, pitta bread were home-made, salad is dressed only in lemon juice and the donner meat is made from lean lamb and drained really well …………… so although it looks like a greasy takeway its really not that bad ….. Honest!!!
Was darned tasty though!!
SLOW COOKER DONNER KEBAB
- 475 g minced lamb
- 1.5 teaspoon mixed Italian Herbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- Quarter teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Half an onion – blitzed in a blender
Everything into a bowl ……………….
Quick mix – now can you see how you can still see the strands created by the mincing process? Well the aim is to batter the mixture about a bit until its like a smoothish meat paste rather than looking like mince. You are not creating a crumbly textured meatloaf – but a dense and solid slab of seasoned donner meat that you can cut finely.
So squish it through your hands to make it nice and smooth ….. think playdough and you won’t go too far wrong.
Shape it into a flattish loaf that will lie in the bottom of your slow cooker – this is about 5 cm thick. It should stick together fairly well.
Lay it in the bottom of your slow cooker and pop the lid on. It doesn’t need any other liquids … the lamb will let down enough juices to gently cook the donner and leave it cooked through but still juicy.
Cook on HIGH for three hours ……………. the smell is Dellllllish!!!
Ten minutes before serving remove the donner from the slow cooker and leave to rest before carving.
Traditional “kebab house” salad here – finely shredded cabbage and onion – thinly sliced tomatoes and cucumber dressed in lemon juice with plenty of salt.
Freshly made pitta bread – for the famous recipe hop over HERE. These are our Go-To breads for picnics and summer meals – so simple to make and so tasty when served fresh and warm from your own oven. Totally different from the vacuum packed supermarket ones.
Every kebab need a little chilli sauce – just a little spicy cos I am feeding kids here, but three tablespoons of tomato sauce, large pinch of salt, one tablespoon vinegar and a couple of shakes of hot sauce with a little water to make it a bit thinner …. voila!!! Chilli sauce.
So very finely slice the lamb donner ….. your sharpest knife and a steady hand are needed. In Turkey, you see them carve this with razor sharp knives the length of your fore-arm. My knife is slightly shorter but probably just as sharp.
Split open a pittta – four pieces of donner meat, large helping of salad and a dribble of chilli sauce ………..
Perfect Saturday night in front of a Movie meal ………. to be eaten with fingers and plenty of paper towels of course. Knife and fork just feels wrong for this kind of dinner (which has pleased the kids hugely BTW)
So what favourite “Take-away” dinners do you no longer buy in because you are watching the pennies? Anyone got any other perfect recipes lurking that they would like to share??