Leftover Lamb Casserole

Baked Lamb Casserole
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
368 Calories
14g Fat
43g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 368
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 17g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers after a scrumptious lamb dinner, this lamb casserole recipe is a delicious way to use them up. It's made with cooked rice, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and curry powder, and topped with grated cheese. The casserole is then baked until golden, hot, and bubbly.

It doesn't matter which part of the lamb the leftovers come from—leg, breast, chops, shank—it will taste amazing regardless. Add a crisp green salad and crusty bread to sop up the juices and your meal is complete.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 cups cooked, diced lamb
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, grated Cheddar, or other grated cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a skillet, melt the butter and cook the onion until tender. Add the mushrooms and saute until lightly browned.

  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked and diced lamb, cooked rice, undrained tomatoes, salt, pepper, curry powder, and sautéed onions and mushrooms with their cooking liquid. Mix gently to combine.

  4. Turn the mixture out into the greased casserole dish. Top with the grated cheese.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

More Ways to Use Leftover Lamb

Lamb is expensive so leftovers come at a premium. Let those creative juices flow and try using it in one of these savory dishes.

  • Shepherd's pie made with cooked lamb, peas, carrots, and a sauce or gravy is topped with fluffy mashed potatoes for a soul-satisfying meal.
  • The classic Greek gyro is made of thinly sliced lamb wrapped in pita bread along with cucumber, onion, tomato, and feta cheese. A dressing of tzatziki is the quintessential finishing touch.
  • A lamb sandwich made with thinly sliced meat on pita or naan bread with tzatziki sauce has Middle Eastern, Indian, and Greek overtones that deliver a powerful punch of flavor.
  • Instead of using beef roast in a Cornish pasty, try making it with lamb leftovers, potatoes, carrots, and celery. You'll have the original meal-on-the-go favored by Cornish tin miners back in the day that's perfect for lunch boxes.
  • Soup is a great vehicle for leftover lamb. Instead of cooking raw meat with vegetables in Icelandic lamb soup, prepare the recipe and toss in cubes of cooked lamb at the end just to warm them through (you don't want to toughen the meat or dry out the soup).
  • Main-course salads; Greek-inspired tacos with mint, grilled onions, and feta cheese; quesadillas with tzatziki sauce; pita pockets; and pasta dishes are all brilliant ways to enjoy leftover lamb.