Roasted butterflied leg of lamb with aniseed and mint

Roasted butterflied leg of lamb with aniseed and mint

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Recipes for a Great Life
Serves
5-6
Photographer
Greg Elms

This roast can be cooked in your oven, but I think it tastes even better when grilled on a barbecue. I like to serve it with a selection of my favourite salads.

A butterflied lamb leg is simply an opened-out leg of lamb that has had all the bones removed. The beauty of this cut is that it cooks quickly. Most butterflied lamb legs weigh between 1.2 kg and 1.6 kg, and only need about ten minutes’ cooking on each side on a medium–hot barbecue. You can bone the lamb out yourself quite easily, but most butchers will be happy to do it for you.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
10 mint leaves, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chilli paste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon aniseed or fennel seeds
1 lemon, juiced
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely ground
1 leg of lamb, butterflied and trimmed of all visible fat
salt
salad leaves, to serve
lemon wedges, to garnish

Method

  1. Mix together the mint, oil, chilli paste, cumin, aniseed, lemon juice, chopped garlic and cracked pepper to make a paste. Rub over the lamb, making sure you work it into all the cracks and crevices. Place the lamb in a dish, cover with plastic wrap and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C and set an oven rack into a large roasting tray.
  3. Season the lamb with a little salt and place on the rack. Roast for 5 minutes, then lower the heat to 150°C and roast for a further 5 minutes. Turn the meat over and return to the oven to roast for a further 10–15 minutes. Depending on the weight of your lamb, or on how well done you like your meat, you may like to cook it for an additional 5 minutes or so.
  4. Remove the lamb from the oven, cover with aluminium foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes in a warm spot.
  5. Carve the lamb into 1 cm slices and serve on a bed of salad leaves garnished with lemon wedges.
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