One-pot braised lamb breast with beans, carrots & mint
Lamb with beans is a French classic for Easter. Perfect for a crowd, this celebratory centrepiece would also work well with canned cannellini or haricot beans
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2boneless lamb breasts (about 1.4kg in total)
- 6garlic cloves, finely chopped
- small bunch of rosemary, needles picked and chopped, stalks reserved
- 1lemon, zested
- 1tbsp sunflower oil
- 3carrots, cut into small chunks
- 1onion, finely chopped
- 1glass of white wine (or use a total of 400ml stock)
- 300ml lamb or chicken stock
- 2x 400g cans flageolet beans, drained but not rinsed
- large bunch of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
- small bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
- 3tbsp capers, drained and finely chopped
- 2anchovy fillets, finely chopped (optional)
- 1tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2tbsp red wine vinegar
- 100ml olive oil
Step 1Put the lamb on a chopping board, flesh-side up, and season all over generously. Scatter over the garlic, chopped rosemary and lemon zest, then roll up tightly lengthways and secure with kitchen string.
Step 2Heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole over a medium-high heat and brown the lamb until deeply golden all over, about 10-15 mins. Lift onto a plate, then tip the carrots, onions and rosemary stalks into the pan, and cook for 10 mins until just starting to colour. Pour in the wine, if using, and stock, and bring to a simmer. Nestle the lamb into the veg mixture, then cover and transfer to the oven for 3 hrs, turning the lamb once or twice until tender.
Step 3Meanwhile, make the mint sauce by combining the herbs, capers and anchovies, then whisking in the mustard, vinegar, and olive oil. Season and set aside. Can be made up to a day ahead and chilled. Or, blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or mini chopper.
Step 4When the lamb is tender, lift it onto a board to rest. Strain the veg over a heatproof jug, reserving the roasting juices. Return the vegetables to the casserole. Spoon off as much fat as you can from the reserved roasting juices, then pour this over the veg along with the beans. Set the casserole over a low heat for 15-20 mins to warm the beans. When the beans are hot and the lamb has rested, carve the lamb into thick slices and serve with the beans, with the mint sauce on the side.