I love trying new recipes; I cook from scratch at least 5 nights a week so I’m always open to trying new ideas; not only for the boys but for myself and Kevin too. This Asda recipe was a bit more sophisticated so the boys palates weren’t quite ready for it.
- 2kg leg of New Zealand lamb (2.5kg if your feeding a couple of extra people)
- 4 cloves of garlic (peeled and sliced)
- 10g rosemary (with the leaves chopped)
- 10g thyme (leaves picked)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 heads of fennel (cut into about 6 wedges each)
- 300g pack of chantenay carrots
- 10 dried apricots (halved)
- 60g walnut pieces
- 100g whole almonds
- Black pepper
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees while you do your prep
- Put your lamb into the roasting dish and make 12 cuts into the flesh
- Mix the rosemary, thyme, garlic, olive oil and black pepper and poke the mixture into the cuts you just made in the lamb. Rub the remainder of the mixture all over the lamb
- Put the lamb in the oven and roast for 20 minutes
- Once your lamb has been in the oven for 20 minutes, pour 100ml of water into the roasting tin (this prevents the garlic from burning)
- Roast the lamb for a further 25 minutes
- Put the fennel and carrots around the lamb in the tray and turn the lamb over to cook underneath
- Roast the lamb for a further 30 minutes
- Take the lamb out of the roasting tin and put the almonds and walnuts in there with the fennel and carrots. Put the lamb back on top (turned over, again) and return the tin to the oven
- For medium cooked lamb (which is so much better for legs) roast for a further 15-20 minutes
What we thought
We knew full well that the boys wouldn’t try it so we kept it for ourselves as a little treat for after the boys went to bed. Although, Leo did enjoy helping me make it!
The Asda recipe was so easy to follow, there is no way of getting this dish wrong. Every step was included in the method which I thought was brilliant. When I cook this dish again though I don’t think that I will add as many almonds into the Asda recipe as the Asda Good Living website suggested, but that is literally the only think that I can pick up on. The meat came out perfect, the flavours were amazing too!
I hold my hands up and say that I have never cooked with fennel before. It gave a lovely flavour in the food and I may even incorporate that into some of my other recipes!
You can find this recipe here.
You could easily feed a family of 5 with this recipe (that’s if your big eaters), or a family of 8 if you are an average eater. Feeding a family of 8 with this recipe comes out at approximately £2.78 per serving.
The Asda Good Living website has so many lovely recipes on, to be honest I didn’t even know that they had that many on there and it was a bit of a surprise! For example, this Prawn and Mango Ceviche Salad and this Steak with a Coffee and Cardamom Rub look delicious!
You can find the whole range of Asda Good Living recipes right here.
Have you got any recipes that you keep for just you and your other half?
These ingredients were sent in order to provide the review from the Asda Radcliffe store. This post has been written in collaboration with Asda. All images and opinions are that of my own.