Leg of lamb with apricot stuffing and mint couscous recipe

  • Serves 8
  • 30 mins to prepare, 1 hr 30 mins to cook
  • 569 calories / serving
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Give your Easter lunch a Middle Eastern twist with this stunning leg of lamb recipe. Made with a fragrant stuffing of sweet apricots, pistachios and za'atar and served with toasted couscous, creamy feta and parsley, it's a truly delicious Easter lunch that is sure to impress your guests. 

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy based frying pan. Add the shallots and cook gently over a medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until softened and beginning to caramelise. Add the garlic, za’atar and lemon zest and cook for a further minute.
  2. Stir through the mint, apricots and pistachios. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the breadcrumbs. Season to taste. Using a sharp knife, cut 4 deep horizontal slits across the top of the lamb. Spoon the apricot stuffing into the slits.
  3. Put the lamb into a large baking tray and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cover loosely with foil and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C and cook for a further 45 mins. Remove the foil and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put a heavy based frying pan on the heat and add the couscous. Toss the grains around the pan until they start to turn golden, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the hot stock. Allow the couscous to soak up the liquid for a few minutes, stirring once or twice to ensure the stock is evenly distributed. Stir through the parsley and top with the crumbled feta.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1.7kg (3 1/2lb) leg of lamb
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 echalion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • small bunch mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • 75g (3oz) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 25g (1oz) pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 75g (3oz) stale breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • For the couscous

  • 300g (10oz) couscous
  • 500ml (17fl oz) hot vegetable stock
  • small bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) feta cheese, crumbled
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  • Energy 2383kj 569kcal 28%
  • Fat 29.3g 42%
  • Saturates 10.6g 53%
  • Sugars 6.2g 7%
  • Salt 1.6g 26%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 43.3g Protein 35.3g Fibre 2.4g

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