In season… Lamb

Dukkah lamb cutlets with quinoa salad

It’s finally May, the weather is starting to warm up and the sun is shining. Much of our wonderful British produce will be starting to hit our shelves, so for the next few months, eating local and seasonal food will be really rather easy…

In May and June lamb is at its most tender but as the season progresses the flavour develops. For a quick and easy mid-week supper try this recipe to liven up your lamb. Add some steamed asparagus on the side to really made the most of the short period it’s in season.

Also in season: cauliflower, cucumber, curly lettuce, rhubarb and spinach.

Ingredients:

For the quinoa salad
200g/7oz quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions
handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 cucumber, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
100ml/3½fl oz extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dukkah
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp paprika
pinch turmeric
½ tsp chilli flakes
50g/2oz hazelnuts, chopped
30g/1oz pistachios, chopped
1 tbsp sesame seeds
4 tbsp honey
1 orange, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp olive oil

12 lamb cutlets

 Method:

To make the quiona salad, rinse and cook the quiona according to packet instructions (boil for 20minutes should do it). Finely chop the vegetables and herbs, add to a bowl with the cooked quinoa and dress with olive oil and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Quinoa Salad

 

For the dukkah, heat a frying pan and dry fry the cloves, fennel, coriander and cumin until fragrant. Place in a pestle and mortar and grind until smooth.

Combine the spices with the rest of the dukkah ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Honey

Honey nut spice mixture

Rub each lamb cutlet with the dukkah and orange juice mixture and grill on a hot griddle, under a pre-heated grill, or in a pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking.

Frying lamb cutlets

To serve place some of the quinoa salad onto four plates and place the lamb cutlets on top of each. And enjoy!

Dukkah lamb cutlets

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