Chef and author Stevie Parle's spiced butterflied lamb is a delicious alternative to a traditional roast dinner – and what's more, it can be made in under an hour. Paired with seasonal butternut squash and a colourful autumnal salad, this roast lamb is the perfect speedy roast to enjoy this Sunday.
Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.
Crush the garlic with a pinch of salt in a large pestle and mortar until completely smooth. Add the spices and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix to create a paste. Rub the paste on the lamb and season well with salt. Brown the lamb in a large frying pan for 2-3 minutes, turning it to ensure an even colour.
Add 150ml boiling water and put the frying pan in the oven, or transfer to a roasting tray with the same amount of boiling water. Roast for 25 minutes. Drizzle over the honey and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and set aside to rest.
Meanwhile, peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, cut into 1cm (1/3 in) slices and place in a pan. Quarter the tomatoes, peel and roughly chop the garlic, and add to the pan with the cinnamon stick, olive oil and sage. Season well and add 100ml water.
Cover and cook over a medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until completely soft. If a lot of liquid remains in the pan, remove the lid and allow it to boil away for a few minutes. When nearly dry, remove the cinnamon stick and mix the squash to make a rough mash. Season to taste, then set aside with the lid on to keep warm while you make the salad.
Thinly slice the cabbages, and chop the herbs and chilli. Mix with the pomegranate, a squeeze of lemon and a glug of oil. Season with salt. Slice the lamb and serve with the squash, salad and yogurt on the side.
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Tip: The staff at our in-store meat counters will be able to butterfly the lamb leg for you, or alternatively if you fancy giving it a go yourself watch this helpful video for tips.
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This delicious recipe comes from Stevie Parle and is part of our roast series. We've asked some of our favourite chefs and foodies to share their recipes and tips for creating the perfect Sunday roast – from a healthy twist to the perfect roast to serve a crowd. Watch the full recipe video here, and see more of Stevie Parle's top tips for a fast roast here.