logo
With us, you won’t just see the place we love, you’ll cannonball into it – into our traditions, into the kitchen and into Southern Italian life, taking your own place around the generous table.
Latest Posts
Top

Baked Lamb with Green Olives: l’agnello al forno con le olive verdi

 

It’s embarrassing to write recipes like this, when title of the dish is also the recipe, but to those not familiar with the cooking of the South of Italy, it’s worth writing this down. I avoided dishes like this for the first few years that we were open as they are decidedly not Salento-specific:  you’ll find something like this just about everywhere in the South. Then one day, I had this dish in Palermo, exactly the same as in the Salento, and it occurred to me that celebrating Christmas isn’t authentic only in Jerusalem. Nearly everyone in the south would claim this dish as his or her own, and the Salento is no different.  In that spirit, here it is.

 

Tougher cuts of lamb or even mutton (after ‘lamb’ becomes ‘sheep’)

Olives (simple green ones are best, unflavoured. Bella di Cerignola would be ideal).

Olive oil

Some fresh herbs. Rosemary. Sage. Lavender. Bay. Or a blend.

White wine

Parsley

Maybe salt, depending on the olives you use

 

Chuck the cut-up lamb, the olives (split with the bottom of a water glass, pits removed), a little olive oil, half the fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, mint, etc., but just one of them) and cover with white wine.  Cover and bake for one hour.  Remove the cover and allow the sauce to thicken.  When almost dry, toss with parsley and the remaining  fresh herbs.  Serve with sandy potatoes and a nice acidic red (you COULD go white to mimic the white in the sauce, but lamb, especially mutton demands bolder flavours.  Plate tall.

 

Leave a Reply:

x

What do Insiders Know About Getting the Most Out of Southern Italy?

Find out, with our free 20-page guide to the food, wine, language, extra virgin, as well as insider travel tips. If you want to fall in love with this part of the world, you’ll need to to know a few things first. What’s worth visiting? What isn’t? And what should you be eating and drinking along the way.

You don't have permission to register