This spinach and feta stuffed lamb is a lighter version of roast lamb, with lots of greens and not as many carbs. The minty dressing finishes the meal off nicely.
If you can’t find a butterflied lamb leg, you could use individual lamb steaks instead, folded in half and secured with a toothpick to enclose the spinach and feta filling. Note that the cooking time will be less (20-25 minutes).
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This is a lighter version of roast lamb, with lots of greens and not as many carbs. Spinach and feta add a delicious twist and the minty dressing finishes the meal off nicely.
Preheat oven to 210ºC (410ºF) bake. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Crush the garlic and combine with the oil, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Cut any excess fat off the lamb and place on prepared tray. Brush all over with olive oil mixture. Crumble feta and press onto one side of the lamb. Top with the spinach and roll up tightly. Tie with kitchen string to secure, or use toothpicks. Use your hands to stuff back in any of the feta and spinach that falls out. Roast for 40 minutes (try 30-35 minutes if you prefer your lamb more pink), then leave to rest (covered with foil) for 5 minutes.
Line another oven tray with baking paper. Remove seeds from pumpkin and discard. Microwave pumpkin for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave, cut off skin and slice into wedges. Arrange on oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes, until starting to crisp around the edges.
While pumpkin and lamb are cooking, prepare salad. Trim the ends off the beans, cut beans in half and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Thinly slice radishes and cucumber. Toss salad ingredients together.
Finely chop mint and crush garlic. Place in a clean jar with remaining ingredients and shake until well combined.
Carve lamb into slices about 1cm thick. Divide salad between individual serving plates and top with pumpkin and lamb. Drizzle all over with dressing.
WINE MATCH: A Pinot Noir.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: This meal is naturally gluten-free.
INGREDIENT SWAPS: Basil pesto flavoured feta works well in this recipe. You could swap the pumpkin for orange kumara (sweet potato) - just skip the microwaving step. I’ve used combination of baby spinach and rocket in the salad, to optimise the shopping list for this menu. If you aren’t making this recipe as part of the menu, you could use all spinach or rocket instead.
USE UP INGREDIENTS: You could crumble any leftover feta onto the salad.
STORING AND REHEATING: Keep lamb and pumpkin separate to salad. Reheat in a frying pan or microwave. Drizzle dressing over just before serving.