Marinated Roast Lamb with Fresh Mint Topping
1 bone-in lamb leg
6-8 small peeled onions for roasting
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup plain flour
5 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp dijon mustard
3 fillets, finely chopped anchovies (optional)
½ cup, fresh, finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbsp, dried marjoram
2 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp, softened butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Fresh mint topping
¾ cup crème fraîche
1 bunch or 25g, packet fresh leaves, very finely chopped fresh mint
1 bunch, fresh, very finely chopped (optional) tarragon
1, crushed garlic clove
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 spring onions (green ends only), cut into very thin strips approx. 8 cm long
1 bunch, fresh leaves fresh mint
Roast the lamb
Place the lamb leg fat-side up on a clean chopping board and pat dry with a paper towel.
Using a sharp knife, make a series of shallow cuts into the lamb, a few centimetres apart.
Combine the marinade ingredients together and spread over the lamb, rubbing it into the cuts.
Wrap the lamb in cling film and refrigerate, preferably overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Remove the marinated lamb from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Place the lamb in a roasting dish fat side up and season. Transfer to the oven and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes per 500g for medium. Basten Occasionally.
With 1 hour remaining, add the onions to the roasting dish. Turn them over once while cooking.
Remove from the oven, transfer the lamb and onions to a warm plate and cover loosely with foil. Leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or mortar and pestle then mix well.
Submerge sliced spring onions in a bowl filled with lots of ice and water to make them curl up. Add the mint leaves. Leave in the fridge covered, for at least an hour. Drain and rest on paper towels.
To make a rich gravy, discard the fat from the lamb roasting dish, leaving the meat juices.
Combine the flour with 1/2 cup water and add to the roasting dish, with remaining meat juices, on the stovetop over a medium heat.
Add chicken stock, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, for about 5-10 minutes until thickened. Make sure you scrape all the caramelised meat juices and onion off the bottom to add flavour.