Gardener’s lamb

lamb strip

A whole meal that can be cooked in one dish is my kind of recipe. I happily developed this for Sainsbury’s Recipe Collection: One Pot. Packed full of fresh flavours, it makes for a deliciously light alternative to a full-on roast.

Mummy ‘E’ came over and helped Giuseppe with the garden – while I ‘slaved’ away in the kitchen in order to pay the workers with a tasty lunch.

Sssshh…they don’t need to know there wasn’t much to it.

Lamb with squash & pearl barley

lamb duo

(Aka) Gardener’s Lamb

Serves 4 (plus leftovers)
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2hrs 15 mins, plus resting

1.5kg boned rolled shoulder of lamb (See Britalian Tip)
20g fresh rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
30g fresh mint, roughly chopped
Zest and juice 1 lemon
2tbsp olive oil
1tbsp clear honey
1 onion, thickly sliced
1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes
350ml hot chicken or lamb stock
250ml white wine
200g pearl barley
50g feta, crumbled

1 Preheat the oven oven 200’C, fan 180’C, gas 6. With a sharp knife, score the skin of the meat. In a bowl, combine the rosemary, half the mint, the lemon zest and the juice, half the olive oil and the honey. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then rub half the mixture over the lamb.

lam raw

2 Heat the remaining oil in a large, deep flameproof casserole over a medium heat, cook the onion for 5 mins, then add the squash and remaining herb mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 mins. Remove from the heat.

squash 1

3 Pour the stock and wine into the casserole, and place the lamb on top of the vegetables. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hours.

4 Halfway through the cooking time, remove from the oven, pour the pearl barley into the liquid around the meat and add 200ml boiling water. Use a spoon to make sure the pearl barley is evenly distributed, then return to the oven, uncovered, for the final hour. Check after 30 mins, and cover if the meat is browning too much.

5 Remove the meat from the casserole and rest for 10 mins before carving. Stir the remaining mint through the squash and pearl barley, then serve with the sliced lamb.

Britalian Tip

I made this with an 800g bone-in shoulder this time (another online ordering mishap but luckily it was perfect for feeding 3!). If you have a 800g-900g joint, follow the method above but add the meat with the pearl barley in step 4.


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