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Herb & Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rump


Preparation Time 25 minutes

Cooking Time 30 minutes

Serves 4


4 300g lamb rumps

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped thyme
1 lemon, finely grated
70 g roughly chopped pistachios
240 g shelled peas, blanched
1½ cups shelled broad beans, blanched

Fennel salad
3 bulbs baby fennel, trimmed
1 bunch baby red radishes, trimmed
2 small red onions
½ cup dill fronds
½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
½ cup mint leaves
1 large lemon, juiced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook lamb, turning for 5 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to a plate and stand for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, combine herbs, zest and pistachios in a small bowl and season to taste. Evenly brush tops of rump with mustard and evenly scatter with herb mixture, pressing firmly with your hands to secure crust. Transfer lamb to a large oven tray and roast for 25 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Meanwhile, using a mandolin or sharp kitchen knife, shave fennel, radish and onion into a large bowl. Add herbs, juice and oil; season to taste and toss well to combine. Stand at room temperature until ready to serve.
  4. Process peas and broad beans in a food processor until roughly chopped. Heat remaining oil in a medium frying pan, add crushed pea mixture and cook, stirring, for 6 minutes or until warmed through; season to taste.
  5. Divide crushed pea mixture and fennel salad among plates. Slice lamb into three and place on plates.

Recipe notes:

  • If you do not own a food processor, roughly chop peas and broad beans.
  • Mandolins are available from supermarkets and specialty food shops.
  • Substitute fresh peas and broad beans with frozen.
  • Take the roast out of the oven 15 mins before cooking to allow it to cook evenly.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check when you lamb is done (medium recommended)
  • Lamb mini roasts or racks can be used instead of lamb rump.
  • Leave lamb to rest once it comes out of the oven to allow juices to redistribute throughout the roast.

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