Spring may be in the air, wild garlic is making an appearance in some parts, snowdrop are in full bloom, but in my world, comfort food is still bubbling away on the hob or simmering slowly in the oven.
Top dishes for me are gutsy, hearty casseroles, the one pot wonders that cook happily for hours, meat and veg in one pot, needing very little else to accompany them. There are cuts of meat that just lend themselves beautifully to these dishes, shin of beef and and lamb shoulder being two of my favourites.
Over the winter months Quality Meat Scotland’s comfort food campaign has been encouraging shoppers to cook up some great comfort dishes and their recipe booklet is full of some really delicious dishes.
This lamb casserole, made with lamb shoulder, is spicy and warming and once it’s cooking needs very little attention. The addition of lentils gives an extra zap of protein and adding some root vegetable such as carrots or sweet potatoes will turn it in to a great one pot meal to serve with rice or couscous.
There’s a great selection of recipes for Scotch beef and lamb on the The Scotch Kitchen website