Butterflied leg of lamb with roasted aubergine and mint pesto

Butterflied leg of lamb with roasted aubergine and mint pesto

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Recipe and styling by Sarah Dall

Photograph by Myburgh du Plessis

Butterflied leg of lamb with roasted aubergine and mint pesto

By Sarah Dall Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • AUBERGINES

  • 4 medium aubergines,
  • cut in half lengthways, flesh scored
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • LEG OF LAMB

  • 1 small (600g) leg of lamb
  • 50ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 4 fresh mint sprigs, chopped + extra, to garnish (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • MINT PESTO

  • 200ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 200g fresh mint
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 50g almonds, toasted
  • 100g Parmesan, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • roasted garlic halves, to garnish (optional)
  • 100ml double-cream Greek yoghurt, to serve

Instructions

1

For the aubergines, preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the scored aubergines in a baking tray. Drizzle with the 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil. Season to taste. Roast in the preheated oven, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Do not switch off the oven.

2

For the leg of lamb, place the meat in a roasting dish. Drizzle with the 50ml olive oil. Top with the peeled garlic cloves, fresh rosemary sprigs and chopped mint. Season to taste. Roast in the preheated oven, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to rest, about 5 – 10 minutes.

3

While the leg of lamb is roasting, make the mint pesto. Place the 200ml olive oil and 200g fresh mint, along with the remaining pesto ingredients, in a food processor. Blitz until combined and smooth.

4

Thinly slice the roasted leg of lamb and arrange the slices in a large serving platter. Top with dollops of the mint pesto. Garnish with the mint sprigs and roasted garlic halves, if desired. Serve with the roasted aubergine halves. Enjoy with the double-cream Greek yoghurt.

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