My friend would always take my leftover Leg of Lamb and make a wonderful pot of lentils. Everyone would be full from dinner, but the smell from the lentils would make you want to eat a second dinner. I often make lentil, but it's just not the same unless you add that extra layer with the meat.
Unfortunately, I only make a leg of lamb a couple times a year. In my home, it’s on the same lines as a Thanksgiving turkey. We only break this dish out for special occasions. And in return, we only get this super yummy lentil dish a few times a year as well.
There had to be another way to enjoy this dish. And then it hit me, why not substitute oxtail for the lamb?
Don’t be afraid of oxtail. I will admit, Oxtail isn’t the best-looking meat on the menu. Back in the day it came from the tail of an ox, but now it’s mostly from cattle. It makes a rich bone broth, but it's perfect when it’s braised in sauce. So why not slow cook it in lentils?
I’m not sure if I like my lentils better using the leg of lamb or oxtail. But I can tell you, I will eat it more often with oxtail. The leg of lamb has to be bone in, and I’m just not going to buy lamb that often. I can buy a pack of oxtail any given week from my local grocery store.
You can decide for yourself. My leg of lamb recipe will have to come in a later post.