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Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Yoghurt, Pinenut and Raisin Sauce.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Yoghurt, Pinenut and Raisin Sauce.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Yoghurt, Pinenut and Raisin Sauce.

Lamb racks are browned and roasted with thyme and garlic and served with a sauce of yoghurt, spring onions, toasted pinenuts, golden raisins and coriander, new potatoes and beans.

Prep: 20mins
Cook Time: 20mins
Serves: 4


Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Put the potatoes into a large saucepan, season with salt and cover well with water.

Bring to the boil and boil gently for about 15 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile put the lamb, skin side down on a clean board.

Cut through halfway (but not completely) any of the thick parts then cover the whole thing with plastic wrap.

Beat with a rolling pin or meat hammer until it is uniformly about 4cm thick.

Place in a large bowl with the oil, thyme, 3 cloves of the garlic and the pepper.

Season with salt and mix well so everything is evenly distributed over the lamb.

Heat an ovenproof frying pan over high heat and brown the lamb on each side with the thyme in the pan also.

Place in the oven for 10 minutes for medium.

Remove from the oven and rest 5 minutes before slicing thinly.

While the potatoes and lamb are cooking, put the yoghurt, pinenuts, raisins, spring onions and the chopped ¾ of the coriander into a bowl. Mix well, taste and season.

Drop the beans into a saucepan of boiling salted water and boil 3 minutes.


Serve the sliced lamb with the potatoes and beans with the sauce over the lamb and coriander leaves sprinkled on top.


900g New potatoes, scrubbed

900g Butterflied leg of lamb

45ml Extra virgin olive oil

2 Large sprigs thyme

4 Cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

250ml Plain unsweetened yoghurt

60g Pinenuts, toasted in a dry pan over moderate heat until browned

60g Golden raisins

2 Spring onions, thinly sliced

15g Coriander, ¾ of it chopped coarsely, the other ¼ in leaves for serving

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