This recipe for roast lamb summer vegetables is delicious and a perfect combination with the mint pesto.  It is a great dish to share with friends. The quantities below will serve six people. Allow about 15 minutes for preparation and thirty minutes for cooking time.

Ingredients For Roast Lamb Summer Vegetables And Mint Pesto

700g lamb neck fillet, or boneless shoulder steak, cubed from Morley Butchers
450g new potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 small aubergines, peeled and cut into chunks
2 small red peppers, cored, de-seeded and cut into large chunks
60ml/4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly milled black pepper

For the Mint Pesto:

60ml/4tbsp flaked almonds, toasted
1 large bunch fresh mint leaves, stalks removed
10ml/2tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard
90ml/6tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Method For Roast Lamb Summer Vegetables And Mint Pesto

First preheat your oven to Gas mark 5, 190°C, 375°F. While that is heating up parboil the potatoes in boiling salted water. If they are too large halve or quarter them before cooking. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Drain them and set aside.

In a large roasting tin, mix together the lamb cubes or chunks, par boiled potatoes, roughly chopped garlic, chopped aubergines, chopped peppers, dribble on plenty of oil. Season well then spread out evenly across the pan.

Roast for 30-35 minutes until the lamb is melting tender and the vegetables are cooked through. Check the dish several times during cooking to ensure the ingredients are cooking evenly and not burning. Shake the pan or turn with a spoon.

While the meat and vegetables are cooking prepare the pesto. First put the almonds, mint leaves, mustard and seasoning together in a food processor or blender and pulse until you get a rough paste. Next gradually add the oil in a steady flow until you have a thick smooth sauce. Season well.

Spoon the pesto into a bowl and serve right away with the lamb along with plenty of garlic bread.

This lamb roast recipe comes from the Simply Beef and Lamb – give them a visit for some more meaty recipes