Easter Sunday roast lamb
by Sarah Randell
This relentless cold spell is causing havoc for our British farmers. Lambing has been a challenge this spring (what spring?) with freezing temperatures and so much snow. Many farmers have lost livestock and need our support more than ever, so buy a leg of delicious British lamb to roast this Easter Sunday.
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Roast lamb with spring vegetables and mint and caper sauce
- 2 heads of garlic, halved through the middle
- 400g echalion shallots, peeled and halved lengthways
- 1 x 2kg leg of lamb
- 50g soft butter
- 750g new potatoes, halved
- 1 bunch of spring carrots, trimmed
- 1 x 200g pack baby fennel, each sliced into three lengthways
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 150ml vegetable stock
- 3-4 tbsp crème fraîche
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbsp chopped chives
- 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
- FOR THE MINT AND CAPER SAUCE:
- 2 x 28g packs mint, leaves only
- 2 tbsp small capers
- 5-6 tbsp cider vinegar
- ½ tsp caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Scatter the garlic and shallots into a large roasting tin and put the leg of lamb on top.
- Spread the butter over the lamb and season well. Cover the lamb (and tin) with kitchen foil, then roast for 1 hour.
- In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes, carrots and fennel in the oil with some seasoning.
- Remove the foil from the lamb, scatter the vegetables around the lamb and return to the oven for a further hour.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Chop the mint and mix with the remaining ingredients, adding 5-6 tablespoons of water to get a spoonable consistency. Set aside.
- When the lamb is cooked, transfer it to a carving board, cover with foil and set aside to rest.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables from the roasting tin to a large serving platter; keep warm.
- Heat the roasting tin on the hob and bring the juices to simmering point. Whisk in the stock and bubble for a few minutes.
- Whisk the crème fraîche and mustard into the gravy; check the seasoning. Finally, stir in the chopped chives and tarragon.
- Carve the lamb and serve with the gravy, the mint sauce and the vegetables.