Using miso with lamb (opens in new tab) gives an amazing umami hit, perfect for intensifying the sweet flavour of the meat. This recipe is all about simplicity, so it’s a short ingredients list, but one that packs a real punch when it all combines in the cooking process.
The warming flavour of ginger lingers while the rosemary gives a familiar hit of fragrance, a surprisingly delicious combination.
In just two steps you can have your lamb prepared and in the oven, ready for a special Sunday lunch or celebratory meal - it's a great Easter recipe (opens in new tab) to try this year too. Serving it simply with Jersey Royals and fresh peas means the lamb truly is the star of the show. Use the cooking juices spooned over the meat in place of a gravy for a lighter feel.
HOW TO MAKE ROAST CARVERY LEG OF LAMB WITH MISO AND GINGER
- Make some small slits in the lamb skin and insert small sprigs of rosemary. Mix together the ginger and miso, then spread over the lamb. You can now marinate it for an hour, or overnight if you have the time.
- Heat the oven to 180C fan, gas 6. Put the lamb into a roasting tin – if it’s been in the fridge, allow it to get to room temperature for half an hour. Roast for about 2 hours, covering loosely with foil halfway through. The internal temperature for medium lamb should be around 62C when you check it. Leave it to rest for 20 minutes while you steam the Jersey Royals and fresh peas. Serve, accompanied with a glass of red.
- 1 carvery leg of lamb, around 2.2kg
- A few sprigs of rosemary
- 5cm piece ginger, peeled then grated
- 4tbsp white miso paste
- Jersey Royals and fresh peas, to serve
Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.
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