Persian Style Roast Lamb with Boulangére Potatoes & Green Bean, Pomegranate & Feta Salad

in hive-114105 •  6 months ago  (edited)

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Whilst I cook most nights, unless we go out for the day on a Sunday, I usually like to do something "special" for us to end off the weekend. Roasts are always a win, but when you cook them as often as I do it can become challenging to find new and creative ways to prepare and serve them, so I normally turn to Google for inspiration.

Yesterday I spotted a few recipes for the main as well as the sides that sparked my interest and then decided to put my own spin on it, as I always do lol - artistic license and all :)

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There was quite a bit happening with this recipe so I will approach this as methodically as possible to avoid confusion haha... The first thing was the rub for the roast, which is essentially what makes it a Persian Style roast - and whilst it was a fair amount of effort, it really was worth every second! It was crispy, delicious, tangy and sweet all rolled into one! This is NOT at all like the recipe I read... I did very much my own thing here because of what was or what was not available in terms of ingredients... but I quite like my version haha :)

PERSIAN STYLE ROAST RUB

You will need...
1 cup of fresh pomegranates
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
The juice of one lemon (used 50/50)

METHOD

First, you will need to blend the pomegranates. I simply used a hand blender for this. Then you pop the pulp into a small pot, along with the sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Bring it to a gentle and consistent boil, stirring it regularly until it reduces into an almost sticky, chunky molasses type of consistency. Then remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, in a bowl you can mix it together with the cumin, olive oil, garlic and the other half of the lemon juice.

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That is pretty much it for the rub, and we will get back to that in a minute. Next on the agenda was the boulangére potatoes. I have never made these before and spotted them on an entirely different recipe, but they looked positively divine and I aptly discovered that they are a fantastic accompaniment to a roast, so I decided to make them the primary side... I mean a roast would not be complete without some tatos! Normally I don't eat traditional potato and I still vow to try this with sweet potato - but for a first round, I thought I would do it the traditional way.

This was exceptionally easy to prepare and I have to say that it was an absolutely fantastic partner on the plate!

BOULANGERE POTATOES

You will need

3 large peeled potatoes, VERY thinly sliced
1 large onion very thinly sliced
A sprig or two of fresh rosemary diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
A dollop of olive oil

METHOD

Peel and thinly slice both the potatoes and the onion. Sweat the onions in a little olive oil. Do not cook them, just allow them to heat through for approx. 3 minutes. Place the sliced potatoes, onion, rosemary, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then place it into a greased baking dish, spread it all out as evenly as possible and then pour a little olive oil over the top. You actually get some really fancy finishes to the top layer of boulangére potatoes, but I am more of a "rustic" approach individual and prefer the messier, slightly more natural look of things.

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Bake this at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour and you are greeted with the most fabulous looking potato side! it really was gorgeous - and equally as tasty!

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Next on the agenda was the bean salad side, which in essence I just concocted in my head because I wanted a veg on the plate, but I also wanted a salad - but did not want two separate entities. Green beans work really well for a salad when cooked "just right" - essentially they need to be much like well cooked pasta - al-dente (tender but firm). You can steam them or literally blanch them and I really liked the idea of the combo of the tangy taste of the pomegranates combined with the saltiness of the feta cheese. I figured this would be very complimentary to the somewhat ordinary comfort of the boulangére potatoes as well as highlight the pomegranate in the roast rub.

GREEN BEAN, POMEGRANATE & FETA SALAD

You will need...
1 pack of green beans, topped and tailed
1 feta cheese round
1 tablespoon of pomegranates

METHOD

As mentioned already you can steam or blanch your green beans - but either way they must not be overcooked otherwise they will break apart and simply turn to mush! If you are going to blanch them you will need to bring a pot of water to the boil, add the beans once boiling, switch the heat off and leave them in the water until the boiling stops which is relatively soon after. Remove them from the water immediately and place them in the fridge, covered. When you are ready to serve, simply add in the crumbled feta and the pomegranates.

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So now that the hard work is all done, you can get your roast ready. As I had already cooked the boulangére potatoes, the oven was already ready at 180 degrees Celsius. So all that was left to do was prep and cook the roast.

THE ROAST

You will need...
Approx. 1.6kg leg of lamb
The already prepared rub
1 onion
2 bay leaves
400ml of chicken stock

METHOD

Chop the onion and throw it into the base of a roasting pan, along with two bay leaves and the 400ml of chicken stock. Cook covered for one hour and then for another 30 minutes uncovered so the rub can crisp up nicely. Remove the roast from the oven and allow it to cool for approx. 15 minutes. It is also important to remember that the roast should be removed from the fridge at least two hours before cooking so that it can adjust to room temperature which will assist with it cooking through more evenly.

I am a fan of quite a rare roast, and actually got distracted by bath time etc. so did not remove it from the oven when I should have, so it was not as pink as I would have liked, but it was still absolutely tender, juicy & flavour filled.

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I have to say that the trio went together brilliantly!!! Jude was happy and if I can impress my nine year old son, then I am happy... although he did offer me one piece of advice at the table and that was that the potatoes would have been better with bacon haha!!! And yes, he has a point, but I had to explain to him that it was a side, not a main lol... and also - that despite my continuous encouragement, he remains what I call a "separate eater" and a chefs worst nightmare because you NEVER get to experience the full flavour profile - to which he nodded and continued to eat everything separately hahahaha!! - maybe in time, maybe in time... It was a super Sunday meal and I will definitely do it again!

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Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful post all that food looks so good I might need to give that a go I really enjoy cooking to and I love eating fresh thanks again for sharing keep up the good work 👍🏾 $trdo !DERANGED

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And thank you for the lovely feedback! Much appreciated!

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That looks like such a delicious hearty meal, I think I might give it a go, it would be a hit in this house. I never thought of a pomegranate rub yet I slow cook in rough cuts in orange juice, I'm sure it's a similar sweetened melt in your mouth concept. We have all gotten distracted a time or two and overcooking meat, doesn't stop it from disappearing in an instant tho!! hehe Thank you for sharing the recipe!

That sounds like a very interesting flavour profile too - I will look it up. I am always keen to try new things and yes, the pomegranate was very new to me too - but it worked beautifully!

Thanks for the lovely feedback!

Persian flavours are the best.. and omg scalloped potatoes are just heavenly. If I still ate meat, I would be rushing to my kitchen right now! Looks delish.

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Thanks for the curation @riverflows - greatly appreciated. As for the food, well - I suppose you can always indulge in the potatoes :D and yes... they are VERY heavenly! Tried the same dish with sweet potato as I am trying to minimise carb intake but it was not nearly as successful. I will have to give it another go now that I know what tweaks to make. Thanks for stopping by and again for the curation :) Have a super week.

roast lamb. I have never felt it. I only roast chicken often. looks like i will try for lamb chops. looking at your cooking, it looks like you are an expert in cooking. it looks delicious.

Thank you for such a lovely compliment. I do love to cook, yes - but I am no expert. Lamb chops are also delicious! I made some just the other night!

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Cool beans thanks

Wow, looks really delicious. Can I come over for dinner?

hehe thanks - appreciate the compliment... and yes, any time :) My door is always open to fellow Steemians :D

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This is a feast!!! I am sure it was delicious! The photos are fabulous!

It absolutely was, thank you hon :) Takes a lot to beat a roast!

YUM! The way you take those shots make it look really delicious even more. I wish I could cook like that someday.. T_T And LOL your son

What a lovely compliment, thank you @hiddenblade! And hey... ANYONE can cook! It is like art, no right or wrong ;) and it is definitely my form of therapy haha!

that's a 5 star meal

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Your dish look amazing. I love roast with potatoes. It seemed like numerous steps involved at first. But breaking down the preparations for each item was great. I'll copy the recipe for the potatoes and pair them with another meat.

Thanks for sharing another fabulous dish.

Thank you hon! It really was a super dish!

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No such thing as too late :) I appreciate the compliment irrespective... so thank you!