This recipe I cooked for the first time on our return from the most amazing family holiday in Skopelos, it was so beautiful and inspire me to cook Greek & Cypriot food for weeks, even now a good Greek salad is usually served at least once a week in our house and I try to cook from this book as often as I can.
Tessa has a new book out in the Autumn and I can not wait until it is released and I can cook my way through it. Καλή όρεξη (Enjoy your meal).
Tava - Serves 6
2 red onions, roughly chopped
1.2kg potatoes, cut into large chunks
1kg lamb, also in chunks
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 teaspoons cumin seeds
125ml olive oil
4/5 ripe tomatoes, cut into thick slices
Preheat your oven to 180c, 350f, gas 4.
Put the onion, potato and lamb in a 5 litre casserole dish or deep baking dish. Season with salt & pepper.
Add the parsley, cumin and olive oil and mix through very well with your hands.
Put the tomato slices on top in a single layer and season lightly with salt. Dot the butter over the top and pour about 125ml of water around the sides of the dish.
Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours, tilting the dish from side to side a couple of times and spooning some of the pan juices over the top. The lamb should be very tender and the potatoes soft.
Remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 200c, 400f, gas 6 and cook for another 45 minutes or so, turning the lamb halfway through, or until the meat and potatoes are a little browned and the liquid has reduced.
This recipe is a great one pot dish, I hope you love it as much as I do.