Saturday, June 26, 2010

Baked Smoked Mutton

Mutton has a bad wrap. Its the meat of an older sheep - technically one that has more than 2 permananent incisors (generally over two years in age).

So at 2 and a bit - a poor old sheep - has been declared an old fart.

In New Zealand there is a phrase "Mutton dressed as lamb". This refers to an old woman dressing up like a teenager - and hanging out at the pub. It came from the idea - of some tight ass farmer - cooking a roast lamb - with all the sides - and trying to pass it of as lamb (when really it was tough old chewy mutton).

Ok - so that said - have you tried smoked mutton.

It is amazing - full of flavour - and incredible!

Here is a recipe:

Baked Smoked Mutton

(Meat is corned first)

  • 1 smoked leg of mutton;
  • 4 cups of water.
Soak the smoked mutton in water for 3 to 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

Drain ans weight mutton to calcualte cooking time, allowing 25 minutes per 500 grams.

Place in a large roasting dish and pur in water.

Cover with foil.

Bake at 180 degrees C for calcualted time - or until tender.

Remove and allow to cool.

Serve cold with cranberry and apple relish.

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