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Lamb with lentils, spinach & tomatoes
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This is a great dish to serve if friends are gathering for dinner. Spanish Rioja goes particularly well in over and alongside the lamb.
Serves: 8 - 10
2kg whole leg lamb, from the meat counter
4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
2 red onions, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
500ml pack Cooks’ Ingredients Lamb Stock
300ml red wine
4 tbsp light brown soft sugar
½ x 20g pack fresh rosemary
500g Puy lentils
2 x 115g packs baby spinach leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the lamb, fat-side down, into a large, deep roasting tin. Pour over the chopped tomatoes, add the onion, garlic, lamb stock, wine, brown sugar and rosemary, then season.
2. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and carefully turn the lamb over. Add the lentils and stir to cover them in liquid. Replace the foil and return to the oven for another 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
3. Remove the foil. Roast for a further 10-15 minutes or until the lamb browns and the skin starts to crisp up.
4. Lift the meat onto a board or plate. Leave to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, remove the rosemary stalks from the lentils. Stir in the spinach, in batches if necessary, until it wilts. Season and add any resting juices. Serve with the lamb, and purple-sprouting broccoli with chilli and lemon, if you wish.
Typical values per serving:
per serving for 8
This recipe was first published in October 2016.