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Jonathan Barthlemess’s slow-roasted spiced lamb with tzatziki and lemon potatoes

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for slow-roasted spiced lamb.
Slow-roasted spiced lamb recipe

Slow-roasted spiced lamb

William Meppem
6
30M
7H
7H 30M

You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

Ingredients

Tzatziki
Lemon potatoes
Wild weeds

Method

Main

1.For tzatziki, combine cucumber and 1 tsp sea salt in a bowl and stand until liquid has seeped (30 minutes), then drain in a colander. Squeeze out excess liquid (discard liquid), return cucumber to bowl, add yoghurt, lemon juice, oil and mint, season to taste and refrigerate overnight for flavours to develop.
2.Meanwhile, preheat oven to 70C or lowest temperature. Dry-roast spices until fragrant (1-2 minutes), then pound in a mortar and pestle with salt until finely ground (1-2 minutes). Combine with oil and garlic and set aside.
3.Place lamb on an oven tray. Rub spice mixture all over lamb, then roast, turning every 2 hours, until you can push your finger through the back of the rib easily (6 hours). Remove from oven, pour lemon juice over, cover with foil and rest while you cook potatoes.
4.For lemon potatoes, increase oven to 180C. Heat oil in a non-stick roasting pan over high heat, add potatoes and garlic (be careful as hot oil will spit), turn occasionally until golden (4-5 minutes). Add stock, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and oregano, season to taste and bake until liquid evaporates and potato is tender and starts to fry again in the oil (40-45 minutes). Keep warm.
5.Meanwhile, for wild weeds, heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add garlic and chilli, cook until golden (1-2 minutes), add wild weeds then stock and cook until stock evaporates and weeds are tender (3-4 minutes).
6.Thickly slice lamb and serve hot with lemon potatoes, wild weeds and tzatziki, with extra lemon wedges.

Greek oregano is available in dried bunches from Greek delicatessens.

This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of

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Drink Suggestion: Italian or Australian sangiovese. Drink suggestion by Sam Christie

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