Easter Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with
Apricots, Walnuts and Almonds.
Are you entertaining this Easter? Are you looking for the perfect one pan leg of lamb recipe? If so, look no further because I have the perfect one just for you.
What you'll need to serve 6 people:
1 x 2.5kg leg of New Zealand Lamb
4 x cloves garlic, peeled and sliced the leaves from 15cm stalk of rosemary, chopped
2 x tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
2 x Tbsp olive oil
4 x heads of fennel, cut into 6 wedges each
2 x bunches baby carrots, skins scrubbed
10 x dried apricots, halved
100g whole almonds
60g walnut pieces
What you'll need to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
2. Place the lamb in a roasting dish and poke a thin small knife into the flesh in at least 12 places.
3. Mix the garlic, rosemary, thyme and olive oil with a little salt and pepper and poke this into all of the holes and rub the remainder over the leg.
4. Place it into the centre of the oven and roast for 45 minutes. After 20 minutes, add 100ml water to prevent the garlic from burning.
5. Tip the fennel and carrots onto the lamb and turn the leg over then roast for 30 minutes.
6. Take the lamb from the dish, add the apricots, walnuts and almonds, then replace the lamb, again turned over, and put back in the oven.
7. It will be cooked medium (which is lovely for leg of lamb) in another 15 - 25 minutes depending on the size.
8. Remove the lamb from the roasting dish and sit on a plate loosely covered with foil and a tea towel, and rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes.
9. Turn the oven off, put the roasting dish back in, and keep warm
I had a slight problem with mine as I forgot to add the 100ml of water half way through. Yes I know I am very silly but my excuse: Well I had 3 children to run around after whilst I was trying to cook. Burning my lovely goodies in the bottom of my dish wasn't the end of the world though as my Lamb was perfectly cooked and looked and smelled delicious.
Due to unforeseen circumstances (as mentioned above) my Easter Sunday family Roast became an outdoor Sunday Feast of Lamb and Mint sauce sandwiches which were just as delicious as any roast dinner would have been. We had guests and they loved it.
Would you like a slice? Our New Zealand Lamb was so delicious. For more information about New Zealand Lamb go to www.Loveourlamb.co.uk
Disclosure: I was provided with all the ingredients to make this recipe but all the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and not influenced by this fact at all.