Nothing quite says Easter more than a Lovely Half Leg of New Zealand Lamb. The children think Easter is about eggs, chocolate, bunnies and chicks but for adults or should I say for me and Mr M Easter is more about a lovely roast dinner. I was given a fantastic opportunity to cook an Easter Roast Lamb dinner following a recipe and then sharing it with my readers so here goes.
- A half leg of New Zealand lamb
- 450g Potatoes, roughly chopped
- 250g Chantenay carrots
- 350g Squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into chunks
- 2 Red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Garlic bulb, cloves separated but still in their skin
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 Tsp fennel seeds
- A few sprigs of rosemary
- 150ml white wine
- 1 tbsp warm water
- Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6.
- Blanch potatoes for 5 minutes.
- Place the lamb in a large non-stick roasting tin, scatter around the carrots, squash, potatoes and red onions. Drizzle over the oil and season all well.
- Add a small glass of wine and a splash of water.
- Place the roasting tin in the oven for 10 minutes and then turn the oven down to 180°C.
- After another 30 minutes add the garlic and rosemary sprigs to the pan and scatter the fennel seeds and lemon over the lamb.
- Continue roasting until the vegetables are soft and beginning to caramelise and the lamb is cooked to your liking (approx 20-30 minutes more for medium).
- Add a splash more wine or water to the pan if it is looking very dry. Once out of the oven cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes before carving.
- Ready to serve.
I do not buy lamb very often as its an expensive meat to buy but we always make sure we have it on Easter Sunday. I am a girl that loves to cook but I’m never sure of how to get nice flavours into my dinners or should I say the meat. This recipe is so easy to follow, it does not take long to to prepare. I had a big leg of lamb so it took two hours to cook in the oven. I prepared the vegetables whilst it was cooking. The recipe contains wine and I knew the children would not like the taste of the vegetables that were cooked with the lamb so I cooked them some plain veg too.
The lamb was beautiful and tender and the flavours flooded out of it, the children loved it as much as we did. I will definitely cook this again without a doubt. I recommend you try it as you do not know what your missing.
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