Glazed Saddle of Lamb

Glazed Saddle of Lamb

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This cold lamb dish makes a spectacular centrepiece for a big family occasion, or when you have a crowd of friends round in the summer. The recipe tells you how to garnish and present the saddle of lamb so that it looks as well as tastes its very best.
Servings: 10
Calories: 899


  • 7 lb saddle of lamb
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 oz butter softened
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 2 floz port
  • 3 floz dry white wine
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • grated zest of 1/2 lemon

to serve

  • 2 lb cold cooked new potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 8 oz cold cooked green beans
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • sprigs of fresh mint


  • Ask the butcher to remove the tough outer skin from the saddle. Remove the lamb from the refrigerator about 2 hours before you intend to roast it to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Heat the oven to 220C /425F /gas 7.
  • Place the saddle of lamb on a rack in a roasting tin. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and spread with the softened butter. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 170C /325F / gas 3 and cook the lamb for a further 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • When cold, remove the meat carefully from the bone in 2 long fillets; use a sharp knife to do this, following the shape of the bones carefully. Trim the fat from the top of each one right down to the meat. Leave the outer edge with its fat to add flavour. Cut each fillet into 8 diagonal slices.
  • Replace the slices on the bone upside- down, so that the fat is underneath and the slices stand almost upright along each side of the backbone.
  • In a saucepan, combine the redcurrant jelly, port and white wine with the finely chopped shallot and grated zest from the orange and lemon. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes or until it is syrupy. Spoon the glaze over the meat.
  • Place the saddle on an oval serving platter and put the cold new potatoes at each end of the meat.
  • Just before serving, beat together the oil and vinegar to form an emulsion, pour over the green beans and toss until well coated. Arrange the beans in piles on either side of the saddle. Sprinkle the potatoes with finely chopped parsley and garnish the saddle with sprigs of fresh mint. Serve at once.
Calories: 899 kcal
Carbohydrates: 95 g
Protein: 77 g
Fat: 28g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 216 mg
Sodium: 919 mg
Potassium: 1549 mg
Fiber: 20 g
Sugar: 21 g
Vitamin A: 2940 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 106 mg
Iron: 37 mg
Ingredients Lamb
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