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Nadiya Hussain’s Lemon Lamb with Jewelled Couscous

This simple, all-in-one roast lamb traybake is flavourful with zesty preserved lemons and ras-el-hanout. Serve atop a bed of fluffy couscous bejewelled with pomegranate.

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We all need a whopper of a recipe in our repertoire, and when I do roasts, my kids prefer lamb. So I always go for a big piece of butterflied lamb. Here the meat is covered in a zingy mix of preserved lemon and ras-el-hanout, baked in the oven, and then popped onto a cosy bed of couscous and baked again, ready to slice up and serve.

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For the lamb:
350g jar of preserved lemons, drained
3 tbsp runny honey
65g ras-el-hanout
200ml oil, plus extra to serve
750g butterflied leg of lamb
For the couscous:
150g baby spinach leaves
250g couscous
100g pine nuts
A pinch of saffron strands
A large bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
80g pomegranate seeds


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C and have a tray large enough to lay the leg of lamb in comfortably. Place the spinach into the base of the tray.

Halve the preserved lemons and remove the seeds, but be sure to keep the flesh in. Put in a blender along with the honey, ras-elhanout and oil and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture all over the leg of lamb on both sides and roast for 30 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and add the couscous, pine nuts and saffron, mixing them in with the spinach. Pour in just enough water to cover the couscous and put the leg of lamb back on top.

Cook for another 20 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven, take out the leg of lamb and leave to rest.

Fluff the couscous up with a fork and transfer onto a platter.

Slice up the leg of lamb and place on top of the couscous. Sprinkle over the coriander and pomegranate seeds, drizzle with a little olive oil and it’s ready to serve.


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