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Tuesday 2 April 2019

The Big Glut Recipe - April

Lamb Fillet with walnut pesto 

A tasty way with spring lamb serves four and takes little time to prepare and cook. The pesto keeps in the fridge a few days and goes nicely as well  with goat’s cheese and roast beetroot salad.

  • Handful of basil leaves
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley
  • 50g (1 ¾oz) freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 100g (3 ½oz) walnuts
  • 100g (5fl oz) olive oil
  • 2 x 300g (10oz) lamb loin fillets, trimmed
  • 250g (8oz) cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 2 baby gem lettuce, cut into quarters

Heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius (gas mark 4). Put the basil, parsley, Parmesan, garlic and walnuts in a food processor with the olive oil and blend to a chunky pesto. Transfer to a bowl and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a high heat and sear the lamb fillets for 2 minutes on each side. Put them on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate, season with sea salt, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the tomatoes - still on the vine - on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes, or until they start to split.

Divide the lettuce quarters among four warmed plates. Slice the lamb fillets on the diagonal and arrange over the lettuce, then top with the tomatoes and a large spoonful of pesto. Serve drizzled with a little of the pesto oil.

Recipe courtesy House and Garden

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