Aussie Lamb Carnitas with Habanero Cabbage and Roasted Peanuts
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 4 Hours
1 Thomas Farms Grass Fed Lamb Leg
1 head of garlic – cut in half horizontally
2 yellow onions – quartered
2 gallons chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. cumin powder
4 smoked chipotle chilies
1 tbsp. black peppercorn
For the cabbage slaw:
1 each head of cabbage – finely sliced
1 each habanero – finely diced
1 bunch cilantro- sliced thinly
1 -2 limes – juice as needed
To taste salt
For the roasted peanuts:
8 ounces raw peanuts – shelled
1 tbs. salt
1 cup warm water
To taste sugar
- Place the lamb leg in a deep roasting pan large enough to fit the whole leg (can be netted). Add all the spices and veggies, then add enough stock to cover the leg at least ¾ of the way up. If you need more liquid, add more stock or water. Cover the top of the roasting pan with plastic wrap then with foil. The plastic wrap will melt onto the foil creating a seal for perfect braising.
- Place in a pre-heated oven at 300 degrees. Let it cook in the oven for at least 4 hours. After the 4-hour mark, pull it out of the oven, removing netting if applicable. Take a fork and check for tenderness, it should come right off. If it’s still firm, re-cover and place it back in the oven for an hour longer.
- Let lamb rest in juice until it cools. Remove the lamb gently onto a sheet pan or cookie sheet and remove any excess fat. You can now shred it or let it cool and then cut it into cubes. Note: you can strain the vegetables from the liquid and use the liquid for your next braise or use it to reheat the lamb.
- Once everything has been prepared, place the cabbage, cilantro, habanero in a medium bowl. Toss together lightly and add the lemon & salt to taste. Use immediately.
- In a small bowl, melt the salt in the warm water. Let the peanuts soak in the salted water for about 30 minutes. Remove the peanuts from the water and place them on a cookie sheet and let them roast in the oven at 300 degrees until they are light brown and toasted. Let cool, then chop with knife or chop in a food processor till crumbly. Place in a bowl and taste – add a little sugar for sweetness or more salt.
- Warm up a 5” tortilla, then place 2-3 ounces of lamb carnitas on top. Place a good pinch of the cabbage on top of meat, and finish with a healthy sprinkle of peanuts.
Recipe courtesy of True Aussie Beef & Lamb