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

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Pot-roast lamb

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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
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
3
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
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
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Turn the temperature down to 170°C and cook for a further 40 minutes. Baste the meat every 10 minutes to keep it moist
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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
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Add the carrot, onion and leek to the pan, season with salt and bring to a simmer. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until the pearl barley is tender, then drain, remove the vegetables, cover with a lid and set aside until needed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 1 leek
8
Once the lamb is cooked, remove from the oven, loosely cover with tin foil and leave to rest for 20 minutes before serving
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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
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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