Liven up a pot of houmous with this unusual sandwich filling
MethodFinely slice the mint or basil leaves, then stir into the houmous.
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 rosemary sprig, leaves chopped
- 1 lamb leg steak
- 3 new potatoes, cut in half lengthways
- 1 garlic clove, slightly bashed
- 75ml lamb or beef stock
- 1½ tsp redcurrant jelly
- 100g pack sliced runner bean
- small knob of butter
- 2 tsp finely chopped mint
- Mix the balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil and rosemary together in a bowl. Add the lamb steak, ensuring that it is completely covered in the marinade, and set aside.
- Boil the potatoes until tender. Lift out of the pan with a slotted spoon, keeping the pan of water simmering. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a frying pan, add the potatoes and garlic, and fry gently until golden.
- Sprinkle a little salt over the potatoes, then push to the side of the pan. Remove the garlic. Season the lamb and fry alongside the potatoes for 1-2 mins each side, depending on the thickness of your steak. Remove the lamb and potatoes and leave to rest in a warm place.
- Keep the pan on the heat and add the stock. Bring to the boil, scraping any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan, and let it bubble until reduced by half. Stir through the redcurrant jelly until melted. Taste and season, adding a dash of balsamic vinegar if it is too sweet.
- Meanwhile, blanch the beans in the simmering water for 3 mins, then drain. Return to the pan and stir through the butter, mint and seasoning.
- Serve the lamb with the potatoes and beans, and the sauce spooned over.
- 300g fresh or frozen peas
- 300g fresh broad beans, podded (no need to remove their pale green jackets) or use frozen (defrosted)
- 4 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- zest 2 lemons, juice of 1
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 slices sourdough bread, halved
- 125g/4½ oz log soft, spreadable goat's cheese
- 50g bag pea shoots (or use watercress)
- Tip the peas and beans into a large pan of salted boiling water, then cook for 3 mins. Drain, cool under cold water, then drain again thoroughly.
- Put the 4 tbsp oil in a pan, heat gently, then add the garlic. Cook for 3 mins, very very gently, until the oil is infused and the garlic has softened but is not coloured. Tip the oil and garlic into a jug and cool.
- Whizz the peas, beans and almost all the zest in a food processor, then trickle in the garlicky oil. Add the garlic cloves, almost all the lemon juice and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. The houmous should be swirling around the bowl nicely by this point, but not be too fine in texture. Scrape the sides down if you need to. Season well – you’ll need about 1 tsp sea salt and lots of black pepper. Add the rest of the lemon juice to taste. Spoon into a dish, swirl the top, then drizzle over the remaining extra virgin olive oil.
- To serve, toast the bread, then spread with the goat’s cheese. Dollop a good spoonful of houmous onto each piece, drizzle with a little more olive oil, scatter with the remaining zest, then grind over a little black pepper. Top with a few pea shoots and serve.
- 2 lamb leg steaks
- 1 tbsp harissa
- 4 wholemeal flatbreads
- 4 tbsp ready-made houmous
- 2 carrots, grated
- handful of parsley leaves, chopped
- Heat the grill to high. Place the lamb on a baking tray, rub all over with the harissa and season. Grill for 6-8 mins, turning halfway through cooking. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, remove to a plate and allow to rest for a couple of mins.
- Meanwhile, warm the flatbreads, then spread each with 1 tbsp houmous. Mix the carrot and parsley. Slice the lamb and scatter down the middle of each flatbread. Top with carrot, drizzle over any resting juices, roll up and eat.