Roast Lamb with Stem Ginger, Plums and Port Roast Lamb with Stem Ginger, Plums and Port

Roast Lamb with Stem Ginger, Plums and Port

A fruity version of the traditional Sunday roast with plums, port and stem ginger.

prep time
10 mins

cook time
1 hour 30 minutes

serves
6 people

To Cook Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 x 900g-1.3kg/2-3lb lean lamb leg joint
  • 25-30g/1-2oz stem ginger, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 30ml/2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 300ml/½ pint Port
  • 15 Victoria plums or similar, halved and stoned
  • 30ml/2tbsp stem ginger syrup

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the ginger, rosemary, garlic and oil.
  3. Place the lamb on a chopping board, season and make several slits over the surface of the joint. Stuff with the rosemary and ginger rub.
  4. Season and place on a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and open roast for the preferred calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any lamb juices.
  5. 40 minutes before the end of cooking add the plums and the port. 20 minutes before the end of cooking glaze the joint with the stem ginger syrup.
  6. Remove the lamb from the oven with half the plums and keep warm. To make the gravy; spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and sieve the remaining plums, port and lamb juices into a pan. Season, if required.
  7. Spoon a little over the lamb and serve the remaining sauce in a sauceboat.
  8. Serve the joint with the remaining plums, roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables.