Here’s a lovely way to cook lamb – the aromatic Moroccan flavours of cardamom, rose petal and paprika in Ras El Hanout are perfect for the sweet tenderness of the meat. If you’re looking for an alternative for Easter, why not try it? By using a small joint which cooks in only 1 1/2 hours, you can have ‘slow roast’ style meat without the ‘slow’.
Ras El Hanout is fairly readily available these days from supermarkets and online. I use the Spicentice version. As you’ll know from previous posts, I really rate the Spicentice products. They are local to me as a Leicester based company and they produce a range of authentic spice kits. You can buy them in many supermarkets including the midlands co-op stores.
Ingredients: serves 2- 3
- 680g shoulder of lamb, approx
- 2 tbsp Ras El Hanout spice blend (I use Spicentice)
- Juice of a lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Mix the Ras El Hanout in a small bowl with the lemon juice, oil, garlic and salt and pepper.
- Rub the marinade over the lamb and then cover in clingfilm and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours and even better, overnight.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6, and take the lamb out of the fridge. It should be at room temperature before you start to cook it.
- Put the lamb in a roasting tin and pour any marinade left in the dish over the meat. Roast for about an hour and a half.
- Rest the lamb for 15 mins before carving.
The finished thing. Served simply with potato wedges and oven roasted carrots, peppers and spring onions.