The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Three Ways to Liven Up Leftover Lamb!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Three Ways to Liven Up Leftover Lamb!

A joint of lamb is one of the more generous cuts of meat you’ll find in a butcher shop. Succulent and filling, there’s no shame in not making it through an entire one. The only shameful thing would be to let your lamb leftovers go to waste.

If you do wind up with too much on your plate, search for lamb recipes online and consider the following creative lamb dishes for dinner the next day.

Lamb Curry

Perhaps the easiest way to cook up leftover lamb is to add it to a rich, spicy curry. Indian or Thai curries both complement lamb, so choose whichever type you prefer. Chop bell peppers into thick strips, dice a white onion and chop up a partially-cooked potato to bulk up the dish a bit. Throw everything in the sauce to cook. Add your pre-cooked lamb so that it can warm up and infuse the flavors of the curry sauce. Serve over sticky coconut rice or, if you prefer the healthy option, brown rice.

Lamb, Scotch Broth & Root Veg Stew

Jamie Oliver recommends using leftover lamb as an opportunity to create a delicious scotch broth soup. He suggests combining leftover lamb, celery, onions, leeks, carrots, swede, potato and barley with a homemade scotch broth, then garnishing it with parsley and celery leaves. Delicious and hearty, it’s the perfect meal for a cold Autumn day.

Lamb Pasties

If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, take on the art of making flaky shortcrust and bake some delicious lamb pasties. Of course, if you don’t have the time or patience to make your own pastry, you can always buy it pre-made from the supermarket. Fill the pouches with a mixture of lamb, diced onion, fresh mint and peas. Glaze the dough with an egg wash before baking in the oven at 220°C until golden brown.

In these eco-conscious days, it makes sense to stretch your household budget that bit further and avoid wasting meat that could give your family an extra meal. So get inspired with your leftovers and give lamb a new lease of life!


  1. Never tried lamb in a stew. Sounds interesting.

  2. In my thrifty kitchen, one of the best things about cooking a large cut of meat is having leftovers. I like the idea of making pasties; that's something I don't generally think of but which I love. Thanks!

  3. The spicy Lamb Curry sounds so good. Love these easy to follow recipes! They all look delish!