I have to admit, that I’m not a fan of lamb meat, but this lamb sloppy Giuseppe is fantastic! Tomato flavour covers this sheep-run aftertaste I do not enjoy, soft mozzarella cheese goes extremely well with delicate lamb. This dish has strong shakshuka vibe which I love! My partner loves lamb, so that’s why I decided to incorporate it to this dish instead of beef, and it was a great idea. I’ve garnished it with fresh coriander and parmesan for some extra flovour.
You can make it in two ways – on the skillet or in the oven. I’ve made it on the skillet, because my oven was occupied by flourless chocolate cake (which you will see soon). But if you like slightly toasted mozzarella cheese, put it to the oven for couple of minutes. However making it all on the skillet requires less time and is more cost effective.
It’s keto friendly and gluten free, you can serve it with bunch of rocket, like I did, or some other stuff depending of your preferences. I think it would go great with some quinoa or bulgur or naan bread dipped in tomato sauce. The choice is yours.
Instead of minced lamb you can use beef or pork, but lamb goes with is really well.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine lamb has a warming nature can help to treat back pain caused by a kidney weakness, bolster strength, and to treat impotence. It promotes appetite, aids lactation. Lamb is also: “rich in zinc, the mineral that is famous for maintaining immune function, and which also helps stabilize your body’s metabolic rate and blood sugar levels. Lamb’s content of vitamin B12, found only in meat products, is critical for blood production, helping prevent anemia, and also enables nerve cells to develop properly. Niacin-rich lamb also may defend against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.” (Dr Mao)
I really recommend you to try this dish, seems so simple but you will be surprised how good it actually is!
keto lamb sloppy giuseppe
- 500g lamb mince
- 1 yellow or green bell pepper
- 1 onion
- 500ml tomato passata (I like organic one)
- 200g mozzarella (in a block, mozzarella balls will be fine as well)
- couple of cherry tomatoes
- good pinch salt and coarse pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (or other fat)
- fresh coriander for garnish
- 1 tbsp parmesan shavings (optionally)
Mix lamb mince with some salt and coarse pepper and set aside. Chop the onion and pepper, cut mozzarella in quite big chunks.
Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil, or other fat, in a large skillet. Take minced lamb and start forming small balls – a bit smaller than a walnut – perfect for one bite. Fry them on each side until golden-brown.
Next add onion and bell pepper, sprinkle with oregano and fry for another 5 minutes on a medium heat. Then add passata, sprinkle with a bit of salt and stir.
If you want to bake it move it from the pan to a baking dish, place mozzarella all over it and couple of cherry tomatoes, then put to the oven preheated to 180ºC. Bake until mozzarella gets nicely toasted.
If you want to make it without baking, keep all the ingredients on the skillet, place your mozzarella chunks and tomatoes and simmer for couple of minutes on a small heat (be careful, because passata likes to splash everywhere when the heat is too big), until mozzarella gets melted.
When sloppy Giuseppe is ready, garnish it with some fresh chopped coriander and some parmesan cheese.
Serve with addition of your choice – bunch of salad leaves, rice or barley or some naan bread.