Roast lamb with fennel recipe

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  • Serves 6
  • 2 hrs 00 mins
  • 555 calories / serving
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Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Crush the chilli, garlic, and half the rosemary in a pestle and mortar with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Grind together to form a rough paste, then add the fennel seeds.

Make 1cm (½in) deep slits in the lamb, then rub the chilli paste over the meat, pushing it into the slits. Drizzle with oil and season. Scatter the remaining rosemary over a large roasting tray and sit the lamb on top. Put the lamb in the preheated oven.

After 20 minutes reduce the oven tempurature to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Add the wine and a splash of water and then roast for 1 hour 15 minutes (or 15 minutes per 500g) for medium, or 1 hour 35 minutes (or 20 minutes per 500g) for well done meat. Baste the lamb a couple of times during cooking, then, about 15 minutes before the end, pour a cup of water into the tin, baste again and return to the oven.

Remove the lamb from the tin, transfer to a serving plate and leave to rest for 20 minutes. To make the gravy, spoon off any excess fat from the juices, then put the tin over a high heat on the hob. Scrape any sticky bits from the bottom of the tin with a wooden spoon, then add the flour and whisk. Add the stock and leave to bubble for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the jelly, season and add a little more water or stock to reach the desired consistency. Serve thick slices of lamb with the gravy.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, chopped
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2·5kg (4½lb) leg of lamb
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250ml (8fl oz) white wine
  • water, for basting
  • For the gravy

  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 500ml (17fl oz) fresh chicken or lamb stock
  • 1 tsp redcurrant jelly
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  • Energy 2394kj 555kcal 28%
  • Fat 41g 59%
  • Saturates 20g 100%
  • Sugars 1g 1%
  • Salt 1.2g 20%

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Carbohydrate 2g Protein 38g Fibre 0.1g

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