Slow-roasted leg of lamb with hazelnut pesto

10 servings Prep: 45 mins, Cooking: 4 hrs By Food24
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Ingredients (13)

HAZELNUT PESTO:
100 g hazelnuts
lemon — zest and juice
orange — zest only
2-3 cloves garlic — cloves, crushed
125 ml fresh chillies — 573
6 anchovy fillets — in oil, chopped
100 g breadcrumbs — roasted
12 fresh mint — chopped
LEG OF LAMB:
2.5 kg lamb — leg
fresh chillies — 573
3 rosemary — leaves stripped
12 figs — fresh, torn in half
rocket — dressed with lemon juice and olive oil
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Method:

Prepare hazelnut pesto:
Preheat the oven to160°C, place the hazelnuts on a roasting tray and roast for about 10 –15 minutes.

Rub with a clean dishcloth to remove skins. Roughly crush the nuts with a mortar and pestle. Heat the lemon peel and  juice, the orange peel, garlic and half of the olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat for about two minutes, allowing the flavours to develop. Remove from the heat, and stir in the anchovies, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs and remaining olive oil. Season with more lemon juice and black pepper to taste.

Prepare leg of lamb:
Preheat oven to 160°C. Heat a little olive oil in an oven roasting pan to a high heat and brown the leg on all sides to seal the meat.

Season with salt and black pepper, and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, cover with aluminium foil and roast for 3-4 hours, or until meat is soft. Remove the leg from the oven, cover and allow to stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes.

Place the figs on a roasting tray and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Carve the meat and arrange the slices on a platter. Spoon over the figs and the hazelnut pesto, top with the rocket leaves, and serve

Words and image: Home magazine

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