Pot-roast spiced shoulder of lamb with chorizo and pearl barley

About

This homely pot-roast lamb recipe, developed by chef Geoffrey Smeddle as a contribution to the Sunday Herald, carries a dynamic flavour thanks to the warming spice mix rubbed onto the meat. The underrated pearl barley is combined with chorizo to form a potent partnership with the lamb.

Type: Main

Serves: 4

Ingredients

POT-ROAST LAMB

  • 1 boneless rolled lamb shoulder, small
  • 550g of pearl barley
  • 1 carrot, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 leek
  • 200g of chorizo sausage, finely sliced or diced
  • olive oil

SPICE RUB

  • 4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 tsp olive oil

Method

Step 1.

To start the dish, make the spice rub. Add the spices, herbs and zest to a pestle and mortar and grind until a paste is formed. Gradually add the olive oil until smooth

Requires

  • 4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 tsp olive oil
Step 2.

Slash the skin of the meat and rub the spice mix into the flesh before leaving to marinate for up to 12 hours. If short on time, 1 hours marinating will be fine, but the longer you leave it the stronger the flavour will be

Requires

  • 1 boneless rolled lamb shoulder, small
Step 3.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4

Step 4.

Add the lamb to a deep-sided roasting try and place in the oven for 25 minutes, before removing from the oven and adding 200ml of water to the tray (but not the meat). Very lightly baste the lamb with the liquid before returning to the oven

Step 5.

Turn the temperature down to 170°C and cook for a further 40 minutes. Baste the meat every 10 minutes to keep it moist

Step 6.

Meanwhile, cook the pearl barley. Place the barley in a sieve and rinse well under the tap. Add to a large pan and pour over 4 times its volume in water

Requires

  • 550g of pearl barley
Step 7.

Meanwhile, cook the pearl barley. Place the barley in a sieve and rinse well under the tap. Add to a large pan and pour over 4 times its volume in water

Requires

  • 1 carrot, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 leek
Step 8.

Once the lamb is cooked, remove from the oven, loosely cover with tin foil and leave to rest for 20 minutes before serving

Step 9.

Place a deep-sided saucepan over a low heat, add a splash of olive oil and slowly fry off the chorizo, allowing the oils to be released

Requires

  • 100g of chorizo sausage
  • olive oil

Step 10.

Add the pearl barley to the chorizo and stir to nicely coat the grains in the chorizo oil. Divide the pearl barley onto plates and top with slices of lamb. Serve immediately

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