Having lamb at Easter is something of a spring tradition – at this time of year in the UK you'll be able to find tender, delicious meat that only needs a little seasoning. Of course, spicy, middle-eastern and citrussy marinades all pair wonderfully with lamb, too.
What are you waiting for? Invite friends or family over for a hearty springtime roast, with one of our mouthwatering recipes...
1. peter gordon's roast lamb with apricots and almonds
Apricots and nuts work perfectly with lamb in this tasty dish from New Zealand chef Peter Gordon. Since dried apricots are used, this can be rustled up at any time of year – but it's just perfect for Easter!
2. herb-roast leg of lamb with pistachio and mint gremolata
Citrus, mint and crushed pistachio give this tasty marinated lamb leg a zesty mediterranean flavour, and the added garlic is mellowed as it roasts. Serve with simple roast spuds and fresh greens.
3. Lamb with cherry sauce
Tart cherries compliment the rich meat in this lamb with cherry sauce recipe. You can even use frozen cherries to whip this crowd-pleasing dish up, no matter the season.
4. Lamb cooked in a salt crust
Not only does this lamb cooked in a salt crust recipe have the wow factor but encasing the meat seals in all those lovely juices, resulting in an extra-tender joint. Delish.
5. Leg of lamb with Moroccan marinade
Barbecuing this fragrant, spiced meat over charcoal gives it an authentic, smoky flavour. Ideal for a sunny weekend in the garden. Serve with buttery new potatoes.
6. Aromatic lamb Italiano
This herb-packed sauce and rub add a Mediterranean twist to traditional lamb.
7. Roasted lamb with garlic
This roast lamb dish is made extra savoury with the addition of rosemary, garlic and anchovies – the perfect choice for a grown up dinner party.
8. Roast lamb with herby stuffing
Serve this tender lamb joint with your favourite gravy and mint sauce. We love the herby stuffing - especially the crispy bits on top!
9. Greek-style slow roasted leg of lamb
Slow cooking the joint makes the lamb wonderfully tender – just seal it securely with foil. The tomatoes add little pops of flavour to the finished dish.
10. Spiced leg of lamb
Marinated in yogurt and spices like garam masala, curry powder and cloves, this summer roast lamb dish packs a flavour punch. It would be amazing served with a crisp salad and eaten outside, of course.