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Espresso Marinated Lamb Roast

Sunday, 3 June 2012
I decided to experiment with a savoury recipe using espresso for the Coffee, Set, Match Challenge being run by Wimbledon sponsors Lavazza.  I've used espresso mixed with a dollop of vegemite in the past to flavour a beef casserole when I had run out of stock, and it was delicious. 

So with that in mind I decided to marinate a Lamb Leg Roast in espresso, amongst other things, and see how it tasted.  Many thanks to our neighbours who provided the lamb joint and helped make the salads that accompanied it.  The only complaint from the diners was that there wasn't more of it! LOL It was really tasty and added great flavour to the meat joint.

1 used a 2kg Half Leg Lamb Roasting Joint.  You will need:

125ml espresso
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Tblsp fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
2 Tblsp soy sauce
2 Tblsp honey
a couple of grinds of black pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients in bowl. 

Make sure the lamb joint is in a non-metallic dish.  Pour the marinade over the lamb and turn it to make sure it is coated in the marinade.  Cover the joint with clingfilm and put it in the fridge for 4 - 6 hours or overnight to marinate.

Roast the lamb using your preferred method.  I put mine into a cooking bag with the marinade and roasted it. 

Once the lamb joint had been roasted and rested it was ready to carve.
We served it with a selection of salads as part of a buffet dinner for 7 people.  You could serve it with roast vegetables if you wanted to.

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  1. Ooh! We had lamb on the BBQ yesterday, I wish I had tried this instead of my usual lemon, garlic and oregano. Time for a change!

    1. I usually use a similar marinade to you but thought I'd give it a whirl. It made a fab gravy too :)


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