Unfortunately there’s no picture with this recipe, which is a shame as I think a lamb casserole with a crumble topping is a little unusual and would not only taste good, but would look good as well. It would be a good casserole to make for a group and could easily be made gluten free by simply using gluten-free plain flour.
When I’m preparing recipes to post I usually take out any comments made by the columnists who’ve originally published them, but this time I’ve left Jane O’Connor’s in. They’re wise words and her suggestions for modernizing, in this case minted peas, but also mashed potatoes are worth reading.
This casserole has a curry lamb base and a rolled oats, chive and flour crust. Rolling the dough into a log and cutting the log into slices makes a great looking crust. I think that takes it from just a family meal to being good enough to serve up to visitors.
As you can see the full title of this recipe from the Australian Meat and Live-Stock Corporation is ’24 minute Speedy Mexican Lamb’, a bit long I thought so I’ve shortened it. The good thing is that it’s quick to make. I think the recipe card was put out by the Corporation in the late 1980s, whenever it was, Mum and I both seem to have collected quite a few from our butchers’ counters.
I’ve already posted a recipe for Pumped Leg of Lamb, but instead of boiling the meat this recipe bakes it in dough and then coats it with a marmalade glaze. That makes it a bit more work, but the result could be quite good. Although the original recipe suggests either mutton or lamb, pork would also work very well.
This recipe was published by the Women’s Weekly in August 1992. Veal was more popular back then and wasn’t as expensive as it is now. I make a similar roast using beef so I think you could substitute beef or even lamb as the main meat and you change the minced veal as well.
Back when this recipe was published if you didn’t want the hassle of boning the shoulder of lamb yourself you’d have had to ask your butcher to do it for you. Now supermarkets sell them already done – that’s real progress for you…….