Pasta with Lamb and Saffron: What Else Would You Add?
- 280 Ninth Feb 22, 2007 08:55 AM
So I'm making a very simple (and delicious!) dish using pieces of leg of lamb that are sauteed and some beef stock, along with onion, garlic, sage, and saffron, over pasta, w/some grated romano on the side, and I want to add complexity to the dish. I'm thinking of adding shitake mushrooms, as well as some fresh basil and/or mint, and wish to query Ye Food Experts as to what else might pair well with the above, especially vegetables to sautee/braise. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, and thanks.
Think about using couscous instead of pasta. I think the braised carrots idea is terrific, as well as spiced okra, grilled eggplant, and/or pumpkin sauce.
What you have sounds good and there are a variety of vegetables that you could add, the mushrooms sound good, carrots are a good suggestion as well as other root vegetables, or even beans such as fava. Also if you want to add some complexity you could include some wine in the braising liquid.
I enjoy potatoes with lamb, but I see you've selected pasta. I'd add a stem of fresh rosemary, and allow that to cook some...or just before serving, add the *ZEST* of a lemon. These flavors will add another layer to your already tasty lamb dish.
Proof that lemon zest can work w/ pasta: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/283041?
And we know it works well with lamb -- plus the yellowness of the saffron. Wow!
I love the above ideas! Since I like to see the colour RED in dishes, I would also recommend some roasted red peppers or tomatoes.