Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Roast Lamb with Ginger Beer for Easter Sunday

This Easter, Sainsbury's have produced a series of little twists, new takes on traditional, favourite recipes. 

We tried out the lamb in ginger beer, and it went down very well.  I'm a big fan of cooking with fizzy drink - gammon in cola, chicken in lemonade and duck in orangeade have all been popular in our house.  We're actually away for Easter, so we got to enjoy our Easter Sunday roast with all the trimmings a little early.

Serves: 6 plus leftovers
Prep time: 10mins plus resting Cooking time: 2 hours plus resting
·      1.5kg leg of lamb

·      6 cloves garlic, sliced

·      2cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled & sliced

·      1tsp cumin seeds

·      1tbsp olive oil

·      1 onion, cut into wedges

·      2 carrots, cut into chunks

·      3tbsp British plain flour

·      50ml no-added-sugar fiery ginger beer

·      250ml chicken stock, made with
·      1 chicken stock cube
Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.
Put the leg of lamb on a board and make small slits all over the joint. Press some of the sliced garlic and ginger and a few cumin seeds into each. Rub the oil into the joint.
Put the onion wedges and carrots in a large roasting tin and toss with 2 tablespoons of the flour. Sit the lamb on top and pour in the ginger beer and stock. Roast in the oven for 1 hour. Roast for a further 30 minutes for medium- pink lamb, 50 minutes for well-done.
Remove the lamb from the tin, cover with foil and let rest for 20 minutes. Pour the roasting juices from the tin into a small pan over a medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly reduced. Make a paste with the remaining flour and 4 tablespoons water. Whisk into the gravy until thickened.

Strain the gravy (keep the veg to make a soup). Carve the lamb and serve with the gravy, roast potatoes and the vegetables of your choice.

We're following a gluten-free diet at the moment, so I omitted the flour, and added a little red wine (what? I can't be expected to give up everything!!) to the gravy and it was delicious, really deep and flavoursome with the unmistakable zing of ginger.  The sweetness of the ginger beer balanced out the strength of the garlic. It's definitely a recipe I'll be using again and a perfect centrepiece for the Easter table.
Check out some of the other Easter Little Twists too, including eggs Benedict with avocado and hot cross buns with bacon.   There's some really exciting things going on at Sainsbury's at the moment.  I was pleased to attend their Spring/Summer preview of some of their new food ranges recently and was delighted by some of the new gluten-free products.  Can't wait for them to hit the stores.

Disclosure: I was sent a voucher to purchase the ingredients for this dish.


  1. Love these ideas from Sainsbury's! I am not a fan of lamb (far too cute to eat!) but this combo does sound delicious. x

  2. Ooh delicious! I love a leg of lamb - we had that this week too but not with ginger beer. I must try that recipe.

  3. Lamb is not my meat at all, but I can appreciate just how good that looks and I know that my boys would wolf it down.

  4. My husband loves lamb so I must treat him to this recipe

  5. Have a lovely easter, I must plan what we are eating - you've given me a nudge thanks!

  6. Happy easter!! I will be mostly eating chocolate - can you roast chocolate?! Bet you can!

  7. Woah - lamb roasted in ginger beer? Sounds divine. Like you we're away over Easter, but I may just give this a try when we're back.

  8. Utterly utterly divine. I adore cooking with ginger beer. It makes things so glorious and silky. Your lamb looks beautiful xx

  9. What a lovely recipe for Easter, hearty and perfect for family celebrations.

  10. Oh my, two of my favorites in one meal! This sounds delicious.

  11. I never thought of putting ginger beer with lamb. It is a recipe that I would like to try

  12. Wow, some innovative ideas there, like the sound of duck cooked in orangeade but I am not too sure about hot cross buns and bacon, lol.xx

  13. Oh wow!!! You had me at roast lamb to be honest, love the idea of cooking it in ginger beer. Sounds like you've been busy trying all kinds of combinations too. How fab, we're rather dull in comparison. Need to try the lamb though, sounds amazing! Hope you had a lovely Easter :)

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