Dining Out

Persian spiced lamb shoulder

IMPRESS your family and friends with this easy lamb roast.

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cook time: 60 minutes.

1 lamb shoulder, deboned and trimmed of fat (1.2kg)
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tbsp harissa paste (or 1 tsp chilli powder)
1 tbsp olive oil
quarter cup raisins
half butternut pumpkin, cut into 2cm slices
8 baby eggplants, halved lengthways
3 bunches baby heirloom carrots, peeled, stalks trimmed to 4cm

Cranberry and kale quinoa
1 cup quinoa
3 cups Tuscan kale (cavalo nero) or spinach, finely shredded
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp orange juice
quarter cup dried cranberries
quarter cup mint leaves
Greek yoghurt and pomegranate seeds, to serve

• Preheat oven to 200oC fan-forced.
• Place garlic, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice, harissa and oil in a large bowl and mix to combine. Spread half the marinade all over the lamb. Sprinkle raisins over the inside of the lamb and roll up into a log. Tie firmly with kitchen string at 2cm intervals to enclose.
• Place lamb in a roasting tray and toss pumpkin, eggplant and carrots in the remaining marinade and place around the lamb.
• Roast lamb in oven for 40 minutes or until it begins to brown, then reduce temperature to 160oC and cook for 20 minutes per kilogram of lamb for medium or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 10-15 minutes, remove string and slice.
• For quinoa, cook according to packet directions. Place kale on top of quinoa to steam for the last 5 minutes of cooking and replace lid. Stir kale through quinoa. Add olive oil, orange juice and cranberries and stir to combine. Scatter with mint just before serving.
• Serve with sliced lamb, yoghurt and pomegranate seeds.

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