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Oh, how we miss dinner parties. Particularly the ones hosted by others, where we just ate and drank shed loads of wine.

But it won’t be long before the world opens up again, we have our one BIG night out… and then realise we’re happier staying in anyway.

Then suddenly it’s Friday morning, and eight friends (probably your husband’s – aka the ones you don’t really like) are expected over for dinner, and you’ve no idea what to cook.

Don’t stress! Just leave this show-stopping main in your locker. It’ll make you look like a pro – with no nifty skills required.

Why not practice it out on the fam and wow the crowd next time they come round.

Guard Of Honour Lamb

(aka the easiest thing to cook for a dinner party and look like a pro)

*Recipe serves about 6-8 people. If you have more guests, just increase the amount of lamb.


• 2 x 8 bone racks of lamb (untrimmed)
• 100g fine breadcrumbs
• A small handful of fresh mint
• 2 lemons
• 3 shallots, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves

For the gravy

• 15g butter
• 1 level tbsp flour
• 100ml red wine
• 1tbsp redcurrant jelly
• 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1. Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Pull off the outer layer of fat on the lamb and discard.
2. To make the crumb mixture, blend the breadcrumbs, mint and the rind and juice of 1 lemon in a food processor until finely chopped. Spread this mixture over the lamb and place flat in a large roasting tin, crumb-side up. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon and add the liquid, squeezed lemon halves, shallots, and garlic to the roasting tin. Roast for 45 mins (or 25 mins per lb) until the meat is cooked.
3. Remove from the oven. Arrange the lamb racks on a serving platter with the bones facing inwards and interlocking to make an arch. Cover with foil to rest for 10 mins while you make the gravy.
4. Remove the lemon halves, garlic cloves and any large shallot pieces from the roasting tin. Place the tin on the hob and add the butter. Heat until foaming, then add the flour. Cook 2-3 mins until thickened, then pour on the red wine and 200ml boiling water, then add the redcurrant jelly and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins, then strain. Serve with the lamb.

We like to serve with mash and seasonal greens, but you can choose whatever sides you wish.

Taken from: https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/lamb-guard-of-honour-with-lemon-and-mint-crust.html

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