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Lamb Brain Shakshuka

Tomato stew, turkish spinach, jerusalem artichoke, smoked yolk, pickled lemon & grandmother’s masouda pepper harissa. Try this recipe by Meir Adoni, demonstrated at Langham Melbourne MasterClass during the 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.


  • Brain Marinade

  • Harissa

  • Shakshuka

  • Smoked Yolks

  • To Serve


  • Brain Marinade:

  • 1.

    Boil all the marinade ingredients together, remove from heat and cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  • 2.

    Pour on the brains and leave in the liquid for 5 minutes.

  • 3.

    Remove into ice water, sponge with a clean towel and gently peel off the membrane.

  • 4.

    Slice into pieces and keep cool until serving.

  • Harissa:

  • 1.

    Char the peppers on open flame.

  • 2.

    Place in a food processor and grind to a purée.

  • 3.

    Heat the oil in a pan and add garlic and the pepper purée and cook on low flame for an hour.

  • 4.

    Season with the sugar, vinegar, tabasco, worcestershire, cumin and keep cooking on a low flame for another half an hour. Remove from heat and cool.

  • 5.

    Add the pickled lemons and set aside until serving.

  • Shakshuka:

  • 1.

    Heat oil in a frying pan, add garlic, hot peppers and sauté for 2 minutes.

  • 2.

    Add the tomatoes and continue cooking over a high flame for 5 minutes.

  • 3.

    Add the Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, and season with salt, pepper and cumin.

  • 4.

    Keep warm.

  • Smoked Yolks:

  • 1.

    Place the yolks in smoked oil for 10 minutes (just before serving).

  • To Serve:

  • 1.

    Flour the brains, spice with salt and pepper, cook in a frying pan with olive oil, sage and garlic, frying each side for half a minute until golden.

  • 2.

    Place the shakshuka into a serving dish, place the slices of brains on top, add one tablespoon of arissa on each slice, add the smoked yolks, scatter fresh coriander and serve.


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Andrew Graham

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz are the best wines to pair with Lamb Brain Shakshuka.


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