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Left over lamb sandwich!

Posted on March 18, 2011 by in lamb

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“Left over Lamb!” This is a joke, right? Who ever has left over lamb after a Sunday Roast? Well we do, because we plan for it you see! Yes, instead of heating the oven for 1 leg of lamb, roast two and you can easily squeeze two more meals from that meat.
We are in the fortunate position of getting or buying lambs directly from the farmers, so we buy in bulk. I think if you buy a leg of lamb over the counter, this idea of a left over lamb sandwich might be a bit far fetched!
We really try to make a deal out of Sunday lunches! We do not always have a feast with 2-3 meats, vegetables and dessert, but it is the one time in the week that we as a family can recharge our batteries. I consider it a blessing that my whole extended family lives but an arms length away from me, so we are indeed a large and rowdy family. As if lunch is not enough, we always make plans to have a supper together too, only this time to make leftover sandwiches. I promise you sometimes those sandwiches are so good that they almost outdo lunch! After all what is not to like about leftover lamb on a sandwich with all the condiments and goodies to go with it……

Left Over Lamb Sandwich

Ingredients( you use as much or as little as you need)

left over leg of lamb – sliced thinly
fresh ciabatta or any bread you prefer
1 or 2  large onions – sliced
some balsamic vinegar, I used Verlaque Honey- infused Balsamic Reduction
sliced tomatoes or little baby tomatoes
fresh  lettuce or rocket, watercress
a sprinkling of sugar if you use plain balsamic vinegar.

Heat a pan on the stove and place your lamb in there without any oil. If you lamb has some fat on it, for heaven sake, do not cut it off, allow the meat to slowly brown and the fat to render out. If your lamb is very lean, add some olive oil to your pan. When the meat has browned slightly, remove from the pan and add your sliced onions to the pan. Saute until it reaches a caramel like color. Add the balsamic and sugar if you are using and allow to go all sticky and delicious in the pan. Remove and keep one side. If you are using cheery tomatoes, halve them and throw them in the same pan and allow to just warm through, but still hold their texture.
It is time to assemble you sandwich. Slice the ciabatta and butter lightly. Pile high with lettuce, the tomatoes, then the lamb and finally top it off with those uber delicious onions. Drizzle with some more of the Verlaque Balsamic Reduction. A Sandwich made  in heaven and the best way to treat left over lamb.

So treat yourself to some succulent organic lamb on Sunday and Sunday night make use of all the left overs! 
Last night was the annual Eat Inn Producers Awards held at the Old Biscuit Mill and I was fortunate enough to attend. What a fun event, I take my hat off to the organizers, well done! The producers are world class and truly deserving of the recognition they received!
The winners are:
South African Heritage: Enaleni Farm
Best Organic Product: Kimilili’s Witzenberger cheese
Small Produce Award: Paddock – Chuck and Bobs
Small Produce Award: Earth – The Drift Farm’s range of organic fruit and veg
Small Produce Award: Bakery – The Foodbarn’s ciabatta and rye bread
Small Produce Award: Dairy – Swissland St Maure cheese
Small Produce Award: Grocery – Quality Pickles’ range of chutneys, atchars and pickles
Merit Award: The Kitchen Garden sprouts
Best Markets and Stores: 
South: Get Stuffed Enterprises’ The Real Cheese and Neighbourgoods Market

For more information about the winners, click here!

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8 Responses to “Left over lamb sandwich!”

  1. Marisa 18 March 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Man oh man that looks phenomenal! My mouth is watering over here. I think it's a great idea to roast more than you need and keep it for leftovers – we did the same with a pork shoulder recently and got quite a few meals out of it!

    Thanks for sharing the winners of the Eat In awards to – nice to have a summary for those of us who wasn't there. :-)

  2. thecompletecookbook 18 March 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Now this takes a lamb sarmie to a whole new level – my taste-buds have just perked up to the idea of this wonderful sandwich.
    :-) Mandy

  3. Lori 18 March 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Those sandwiches look SO good. I am sooooo hungry….

  4. Carolina 18 March 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Dearest Nina,

    As always beautiful photo's and a mouth-watering recipe.

    Warmest regards from

    Carolina da Cucina Carolina

  5. Junglefrog 18 March 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Great idea to use two lambs on the sunday and that sandwich looks amazingly delicious…!

  6. That Girl 18 March 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Maybe it's because there are only two of us, but we always have leftover lanb when I roast a leg!

  7. peachkins 19 March 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    stunning and mouthwatering photo!

  8. Kevin 27 March 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    That is one nice looking sandwich!


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