by George Rossos – Cook at Ouzadiko
Easter is just around the corner and it is one of the biggest celebrations of our religion and of our tradition. In many parts of Greece a lot of traditions and customs are being revived, as well as gastronomic respective revivals. Traditional recipes of sweet breads and cookies (those are Periklis fields) with culminating in the traditionallamb or sheep on the spit. Although not everyone has the opportunity to spit and that’s why I will suggest you an alternative recipe, on the occasion of Easter that is coming but, also, ideal for all year round of course not only matched beautifully with our favorite drink, beer, but is also one of the key ingredients! Try and we are waiting for your comments.
Ingredients for our recipe:
1 lamb shanks without the bone
4-6 (accordingtothesize) garlic cloves grated
3 tbs thyme
3 tbs olive oil
2 cups of beer (we preferred and used beer Pils type)
1/2 cup honey
We open the shank and fill it with half the thyme garlic one tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Wrap it in a roll and tie tightly with string, to prevent it from open during cooking. Place it in the pan and continue with the sauce.
In a bowl we mix honey, beer the rest of the thyme oil garlic bay leaves and mustard beat with whisk and after being thoroughly mixed pour over the meat. Preheat the oven to 200oC, as soon as you place the lamb inside lower the temperature to 160-170oCin resistors, depending on the oven. And bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.Periodically we sprinkle the meat with the pan juices to remain juicy. Once ready, we cover it with foil for 10 minutes and then we cut and serve.
Note 1: For this recipe we used Pilsner and in particular Pilsner Urquell
Note 2: You can serve the dish with oven potatoes, fried or even rise.
Note 3: Tasting our food we opened a bottle of Pilsner Urquell and a Franziskaner Weiss. The first was as a fit as it was also a material for preparing our recipe however, it had not so noticeable presence. The second however, significantly enhanced the taste of food and in my opinion was a more closely matched than the Pilsner Urquell.
Do not hesitate to try other combinations. The kitchen and beer want testing .. Have fun!
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