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Harissa and Apricot Stuffed Lamb

This mothers day I teamed up with Sainsburys to create a delicious mothers day meal.

Roast lamb is a winner at this time of year so for a twist and change, why not wrap it around a delicious chickpea and apricot stuffing that has been fired up with a little harissa paste. Delicious right? The perfect amount of fruitiness and fieriness to compliment the delicious leg of lamb. Its super easy too. Just blend your stuffing and roll it into the lamb. Thats it! Sear it, roast it and its ready to go. You could even stuff and wrap the lamb the night before and simple sear and roast it on the day. That way you take no precious time out of your mothers day. More time for drinking a G&T! Equally, on the discussion of time, due to this dish working wonderfully with cous-cous and yogurt it makes the dish even easier on time. Simple sides to accompany a delicious roast. Try it out on the special lady in your life this mother day.

Serves 4

15 Minutes Preparation

60 - 80 Minutes Cooking (dependant on how pink you like it)


Butterflied lamb leg approx 660g

1 can chickpeas (400g)

60g dried apricots

2tbsp harissa paste

300ml natural yogurt

Handful fresh parsley - chopped

1 tsp chilli powder

100g pomegranate seeds

2 cloves garlic

Zest of 1 lemon

String or skewers to hold the lamb and stuffing together


- Firstly, make the stuffing. Do this by draining the chickpeas and adding ¾ of them to a blender with the garlic and harissa paste. (Leave the remaining chickpeas to one side until needed.) Blend into a chunky consistency, you can add a drop of water to loosen if the blender is struggling. Chop the dried apricots into bite-sized pieces and stir into the stuffing. Then grate in the lemon zest. Place in the fridge while you prepare the lamb.

- Grab your butterflied leg of lamb and place on the work surface skin side down. Open the leg up a bit more if needed, cut down the inside of the lamb to open up further. Scoop the stuffing onto the lamb and roll up as tightly as you can, without too much stuffing coming out. Tie with string or skewer to ensure it stays together in the oven.

- Preheat the oven to 160c.

- Set a frying pan over a medium/high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Once hot, season the lamb with salt and pepper and add to the pan to sear all over. Place into an oven proof dish or roasting tray and cook for 80 minutes.

-Whilst the lamb cooks, prepare the yoghurt by finely chopping parsley and stirring it through the yoghurt.

- Once the lamb has cooked, remove from the oven and leave to rest. Whilst the lamb rests, in a bowl add the remaining chickpeas and chilli powder. Coat the chickpeas and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

- Lay the yoghurt on a plate or bowl and top with the lamb. Sprinkle on pomegranate seeds and the crispy chickpeas and serve.

Find the recipe here on the Sainsburys Recipe Page:




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