Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter Roast - New Zealand Lamb


Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb

It's almost Easter, have you planned your Easter Roast yet? We are having family over but I'm not keen in slaving in the kitchen all day to make dinner (we don't see each other often enough so we love to hang out as much as we can) so I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this Easter Roast Lamb recipe from New Zealand Lamb is! All I had to do is prep the vegetables. I didn't even need to stuff or pre-season any meat, yet it's soo tasty and impressive!

New Zealand Lamb have kindly offered us vouchers to cover our cost for the ingredients, so that we can try out their delicious Easter Roast Lamb recipe. You can find the recipe through the purple link above, but here are some pictures from our Spring dinner last night:

Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
Before going into the oven
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
After 10 minutes, turn the temperature down to 180C
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
Lamb and vegetables seasoning
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
After 30 minutes, sprinkle seasoning on the lamb and vegetables
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
Another 35 minutes in the oven for Medium/ Well
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
Easter Roast Lamb plated up, with extra vegetables in another bowl
Easter Roast, Roast Leg of Lamb, New Zealand Lamb
Cooked to perfection (for us anyway)!
As their lambs are in season right now, the meat is super tender and succulent even though I cooked it to medium-well, and it doesn't have that game smell that normally puts me off from eating lamb. It might have to do with the seasoning in this recipe, which were only added half way during cooking, but I also think that it has something to do with their meat, because I was never bothered about any smell every time we cooked New Zealand's lamb meat.

Even Abby, who's not really fussed about eating meat, had a third helping and asked for more after it's all gone (Clay also had 3 helpings!)! She commented that the meat was really tasty and soft, unlike the usual meat we eat that requires her more effort to chew (hey!).

The recipe calls for half a leg or half a shoulder of lamb, which is just right for a family of 4, but for meat lovers and children who'll enjoy the meat as well, I'd go for a smaller whole leg/ shoulder, just in case.

I would also recommend another vegetable dish if children doesn't quite like squash, onions or carrots. The potatoes went really well (I did serve the roast with a gravy however), Clay liked the squash, but I think they both could have done with some boiled and buttered brocolli, peas and or sweetcorn.

I'll be cooking this again this Sunday, and enjoy the quality time with my family while this beautiful roast cooks.

We got our New Zealand lamb from Waitrose, but you can get them from other places such as Sainsbury's as well.