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Cheesy Garlic and Herbed Aussie Lamb Pull-Apart Bread

January 22, 2020
Author Notes

Known in some countries as “monkey bread,” this savory loaf is a fun meal. Pull off chunks of golden dough flavored with ground Australian lamb, gooey cheese and lots of fresh herbs. Don’t forget the napkins. —True Aussie

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 8
Ingredients
  • All-Purpose Lamb Rub
  • 1/2 cup cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pull-Apart Bread
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 pound Australian ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose lamb rub
  • 1 16.3 ounce can refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough, each biscuit quartered
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. All-Purpose Lamb Rub
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the cumin, caraway, mustard, and peppercorns, and process to a medium-fine coarseness.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and add the ground spices. Break up any additional clumps and mix well.
  4. Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place, such as your cupboard.
  1. Pull-Apart Bread
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large skillet over high heat, add the butter and lamb. Cook until the lamb is browned, about 7 minutes.
  4. Drain off the excess fat and let the meat cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with the cooled lamb. Toss well to coat.
  6. Using one biscuit quarter at a time, press the meat, cheese, and herb mixture into the dough to make a ball and arrange neatly on a greased 12-inch skillet or baking pan.
  7. Top the dough balls with any remaining meat, cheese, and herb mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread is golden and bubbly.
  9. Invert onto a large plate and serve immediately.

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