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Lamb Leg Steaks with caramelised onions, butterbeans & gremolata

Here is a succulent recipe to inspire! Gremolata is an incredibly easy post-cooking ‘sprinkle’ of lemon zest, finely chopped garlic and flatleaf parsley that adds a fresh zing to the finished dish.

Prep Time 20mins

Cooking time 30mins

Serves 4

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  • For the lamb:

    • 4 lamb leg steaks (about 150g each)

    • A little rapeseed oil

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the gremolata:

    • Large bunch parsley, leaves and finer stems, finely chopped

    • Finely grated zest 2 lemons

    • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped

    • A good pinch of sea salt flakes

  • For the butterbeans:

    • 2 large red onions, sliced

    • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

    • 25g butter

    • 2-3 sprigs thyme

    • A bayleaf

    • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

    • 200g cherry tomatoes, quartered

    • 2 tins butter beans, drained and rinsed

    • Juice of 1 lemon

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. WHAT TO DO AT THE BARBECUE: Fire up one of the burners to medium low and set a heatproof frying plan (no plastic handles) on to the grill bars.
  2. Add the olive oil and butter and allow it to melt.
  3. Add the onions, thyme and bayleaf, stirring together.
  4. Lose the lid of the barbecue and leave to cook gently for about 30 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure its cooking evenly. They want to be really soft and almost melting, but not with too much colour, so keep the heat fairly low.
  5. WHAT TO DO IN THE KITCHEN: Make the gremolata by simply mixing everything together really well in a small bowl.
  6. Set aside.
  7. WHAT TO DO AT THE BARBECUE: Use a little salt to crush the garlic to a paste, then add to the cooked onions, along with the smoked paprika and season well with black pepper, stirring over the heat for a minute or so.
  8. Turn the heat up to medium high and add the tomatoes and beans and stir well, allowing them cook whilst you cook the lamb.
  9. Fire up another burner to high, and leave it to get hot for a few minutes - this won’t take too long as the barbecue is already warm.
  10. Drizzle a little oil over the lamb steaks, and season with salt and pepper. Lay them onto the hot grill bars and cook for 3-4 minutes each side. You can check the steaks are cooked how you like them by using a thermometer. Stick the probe into the thickest part of the steak - rare will be 50°C, medium will be 60°C, and well done will be 70°C. Remove the steaks and allow then to rest on the warming rack for a few minutes.
  11. WHAT TO DO IN THE KITCHEN: Check the seasoning in the beans, adding a little extra salt and pepper if necessary, and squeezing in a little lemon juice to taste.
  12. To serve, add a pile of beans to warmed plates, and top each with a lamb steak.
  13. Sprinkle over a little gremolata and serve the rest in a bowl alongside.

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