Easter is almost upon us and for many of us that means a big old feast up on Easter Sunday – hurrah! And of course, what springs to mind for that much anticipated Easter Sunday lunch is a lovely succulent lamb roast. And while there’s nothing wrong with keeping things traditional; how about mixing things up a little this Easter with a nod towards the Middle Eastern trend in food that has been bubbling up of late?
There’s nothing like the spice mixes and Middle Eastern flavours to bring an exciting twist to a lamb roast – we’re talking spices like cinnamon, cumin, coriander and turmeric – and so today I’ve teamed up with Leisure Range Cookers to share with you my favourite recipe for roast lamb with a Moroccan rub for a bigger flavour to this Easter’s Sunday lunch!
For the spice rub
Here’s your chance to brush off the dust from your spice rack!
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
Combine the spice rub ingredients and stir thoroughly to blend smoothly and evenly. Then, spread the rub evenly over the entire surface of the lamb – you can either use your hands or a spoon but your hands will always do a better job! Cover the lamb with cling film and pop into the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours – longer if you have it. Be sure to remove from the fridge and let rest for at least half an hour to let it get to room temperature before putting it in the oven to roast.
Then it’s time to roast! Pre-heat the oven to 180c. While the oven is warming up, lightly grease a baking tray (don’t forget, lamb is oily enough as it is!) and pop the lamb into the tray on a rack. Roast in the middle of the oven as per the roasting instructions by weight on the packet or reference this really useful guide here to work out how long your cut needs roasting for depending on what you’re using.
Serve up with some Middle Eastern spiced roast potatoes and Middle Eastern salad for the ultimate Middle Eastern Easter Sunday Feast!
What will you be having on Easter Sunday? Are you temped to try out my roast lamb with a Moroccan rub on Easter Sunday? Do leave a comment and share!
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