Rolled Lamb Neck with Almond and Rosemary, Braised Kangaroo Island Red Nugget Lentils with Smoked Eggplant

SB Head shotIn celebration of the International Year of Pulses, Simon Bryant (celebrity chef) has kindly provided us with some inspiration on how to with lentils!

Serves 6 to 8

Lamb

1 bone-out Spanish lamb neck, approx 1.2 kg (or forequarter/shoulder bone-out, i.e. a “lamb roast” of any type will do)
1 teaspoon salt flakes
Lots of cracked black pepper
Juice of half a lemon
30 ml Australian extra virgin olive oil

Paste

1 teaspoon sea salt
60 g Australian whole, skin-on almonds, toasted for 10 mins in 180°C oven
8 sprigs rosemary
3 cloves peeled Australian garlic
¼ bunch parsley, leaves and stems
½ cup pitted green olives
2 white anchovy
25 ml extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 140°C.
  2. Trim lamb neck and lay out flat, skin side down. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Blend almonds, rosemary, garlic, parsley, olives, anchovy and olive oil in a food processor, to a chunky paste. Smear paste on lamb neck and roll up. Truss with butchers net/string. Season the outside and place in oven for 3 to 3 and ½ hours.
  4. Remove and place in a preheated heavy based pan over a medium heat. Season with remaining sea salt and cracked pepper and sear all sides to render lamb skin and fat. Remove and rest 20 mins. Carve and drizzle with a splash of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

Lentils

200 g red nugget lentils
1 litre vegie stock
1 tablespoon salt flakes
1 bay leaf
2 Swiss brown mushroom, diced small
1 carrot, diced small
1 leek, diced small
1 stick celery, diced small
2 shallot, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small bulb fennel, diced small
100 g demi sel (lightly salted) butter
3 sprigs thyme
¼ bunch parsley leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Place lentils, bay leaf and salt in stock and bring up to gentle simmer. Cook over a medium flame according to packet instructions or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile in a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat sauté the shallot, garlic, celery, leek, fennel, carrot and mushroom in the butter until soft. Remove from heat and add finely chopped thyme and parsley. Add to cooked lentils.

Eggplant

2 medium eggplant
100 g yogurt
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon sea salt
Pinch smoked paprika
3 tablespoons unhulled (dark) tahini
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Grill the eggplant over a flame or on a hot plate until blackened and soft, place in bowl with cling wrap on top to sweat skin off for 10 mins.
  2. Scoop out eggplant flesh and blend in processor with lemon juice, yogurt, tahini and salt.
  3. Place lentils on plate, with a slice of lamb, dollop of eggplant, a sprinkle of tahini, and finally a splash of extra virgin olive oil.

This recipe was kindly provided by Simon Bryant and the image is by Jacqui Way Photography.