Easter is a time to come together with family and catch up over a meal. If you’re hosting this year, why not treat your loved ones to a delicious roast dinner? Proceed with caution: a good roast is bound to lure in even the most elusive and distant rellies.
Make sure you start with good quality basics. A good foundation is important if you want to create a meal everyone will rave about. You’ll need good olive oil, onions and organic lamb. Choosing organic meat means you’re more likely to serve up something that is juicy, tender and tasty.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
1. Get fruity. You can get a bit creative with lamb, because it goes well with many different flavour combinations. For something a bit sweet and experimental why not try the combination of blackberries and honey? Add a zing of lemon or lime to cut through the sweet and balance it out.
2. Go exotic. If you’re after a more worldly dining experience try this distinctly Mediterranean combination of flavours: basil, oregano, eggplant, zucchini, red or yellow pepper, feta cheese and cherry tomatoes. Adding lots of vegetables is an easy way to bulk out the meal and feed the whole family with ease.
3. Spice it up. Is spicy food more up your alley? Then show your meat some love with a variety of spices. With a base of ginger and tomato puree, add cumin, turmeric, chilli flakes, fennel seed and coriander. A dash of plain, unsweetened yoghurt will balance out your dish and take it to the next level.
4. Stay simple. If you’re feeding lots of kids, keep the flavours simple. Lamb works well with tomato and seasoning. Add some roast potatoes on the side sprinkled with chicken salt.
5. Keep it classic to really highlight the lamb. Garlic, rosemary and thyme make a wonderful combination and are sure to work a treat. If you’re feeling fancy, serve with mint sauce.