New-season lamb shoulder, cooked pink, is the perfect platform for a mixture of fresh and cooked herbs.
6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1.5kg new-season lamb shoulder, bone removed and rolled
5 tbsp olive oil
Maldon sea salt and black pepper
60g fresh parsley, leaves and stalks
30g fresh mint, leaves only
60g fresh coriander, leaves and stalk
200ml white wine
1½ tsp cumin
3 tbsp lemon juice
375g broad beans (fresh or frozen), blanched and skins removed
- Heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Press the garlic slices into the crevices in the lamb, then rub in two tablespoons of the oil, a tablespoon of salt and plenty of pepper. Put half the amount of each herb over the base of a small ovenproof dish (around 21cm x 27cm) and pour over the wine. Lay the lamb on top of the herbs and roast for an hour, until cooked on the outside but still pink in the centre; baste every 20 minutes.
- Once the lamb is done, lift it from the dish, transfer to a small oven tray, sprinkle with a little salt and grill for four minutes on each side to brown. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
- Strain the cooking juices from the roasting dish and skim off the fat – there should be about 100ml of liquid. Put the remaining herbs in the bowl of a food processor, add the cumin, the remaining oil, a teaspoon of Maldon salt (or half a teaspoon of fine salt) and some pepper, turn on the motor and slowly add the liquid. Work to a smooth sauce.
- To serve, slice the warm lamb and arrange on a platter. Stir the lemon juice and broad beans into the sauce, taste for seasoning and spoon over the lamb. Serve at once.