Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Lamb with Augustus Gloopy Chocolate Sauce

Inspired by the first victim from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this meal blends dark chocolate into the sauce to create a sweet yet earthy flavour
Servings

Servings:

2
Ready in

Ready In:

40 mins
Mealtime

Good For:

Dinner
Lamb with Augustus Gloopy Chocolate Sauce

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. The book has been adapted into two major motion pictures in 1971 and 2005. The book’s sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1971 and published in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.

The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl’s experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products. At that time (around the 1920s), Cadbury and Rowntree’s were England’s two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other’s factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate-making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.

Ingredients

2 Lamb Shanks
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Shallots (finely chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (finely sliced)
1 Celery Stick (finely chopped)
1 Carrot (finely chopped)
100g Pancetta (finely chopped)
400g Chopped Tomatoes
1 knob Butter
1 tbsp Tomato Puree
250ml Lamb or Chicken Stock
50g Dark Chocolate (grated)
1 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 tbsp Parsley (to garnish)
Mash Potato (to serve)

Chocolate was always going to be an ingredient to add to this dish, it was finding a way to use it that wasn’t overpowering or sweet. I still wanted to keep the dish savoury and dark chocolate was the best solution here. I used 100% dark chocolate here which gave it an earthy taste, so experiment with different formulas, much like how Willy Wonka and his oompa-loompas would!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and brown the lamb shanks. Transfer to a small roasting dish and put in the oven for 15-20 mins until cooked through.
Step 2
In the frying pan, heat the remaining oil if needed and add the shallots, celery, garlic and carrot pieces and fry until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Step 3
Add the pancetta and cook until it is crispy. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, butter, stock, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then simmer whilst the lamb finishes cooking
Step 4
When the lamb is ready, add the chocolate to the sauce and stir until it is gloopy. Add extra for taste if needed. Remove the bay leaf. Serve the lamb and sauce with cooked mash potato to side and garnish with parsley and extra grated dark chocolate.

Lamb with Augustus Gloopy Chocolate Sauce

Inspired by the first victim from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this meal blends dark chocolate into the sauce to create a sweet yet earthy flavour
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Roasting tin
  • Grater

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Lamb Shanks
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Shallots finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely sliced
  • 1 Celery Stick finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot finely chopped
  • 100 g Pancetta finely chopped
  • 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 knob Butter
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 250 ml Lamb or Chicken Stock
  • 50 g Dark Chocolate grated
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbsp Parsley to garnish
  • Mash Potato to serve

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and brown the lamb shanks. Transfer to a small roasting dish and put in the oven for 15-20 mins until cooked through.
  • In the frying pan, heat the remaining oil if needed and add the shallots, celery, garlic and carrot pieces and fry until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the pancetta and cook until it is crispy. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, butter, stock, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then simmer whilst the lamb finishes cooking
  • When the lamb is ready, add the chocolate to the sauce and stir until it is gloopy. Add extra for taste if needed. Remove the bay leaf. Serve the lamb and sauce with cooked mash potato to side and garnish with parsley and extra grated dark chocolate.
Keyword Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Movie, Roald Dahl
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