Speedy roast lamb with cherry and red wine sauce

Speedy roast lamb with cherry and red wine sauce.

Try with barbecued lamb too.

There’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen with this speedy roast that is ready in under 40 minutes and served on a bed of crushed new potatoes with a delicious cherry sauce.

Serves 4

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

You will need:

  • 550 g (1¼ lb) boneless lamb leg joint
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 g (1lb 2 oz) ready washed baby new potatoes
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) full fat crème fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

Cherry sauce:

  • 2 small star anise
  • ½ orange, grated rind and juice
  • ½ lemon, grated rind and juice
  • 4 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 200 g (7 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • Steamed green beans to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 210ºC/425ºF/Gas Mark 7. 
  2. Season the outside of the lamb with salt and pepper then rub with oil. 
  3. Heat a small frying pan with a metal handle or a roasting tin on the hob, add the lamb and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning until browned. 
  4. Transfer to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes for medium or 35 minutes for well done.
  5. Meanwhile, add the potatoes to a saucepan of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.

To make the sauce:

  1. Add the star anise, orange and lemon rind and juice, the wine, sugar and 3 tablespoons of water to a medium sized saucepan, heat gently for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  2. Mix the cornflour with the remaining 1 tablespoon water then add to the sauce with the cherries and cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the cherries are just softened, the sauce has thickened and is a deep cherry red.
  3. Wrap the lamb in foil and leave to stand for 5 minutes. 
  4. Drain and coarsely crush the potatoes with a fork then mix in the crème fraiche, chopped mint and salt and pepper. 
  5. Spoon the potatoes on to serving plates, thinly slice the lamb and arrange on top, add any meat juices to the sauce and reheat if needed then spoon around the lamb. 
  6. Serve with steamed green beans if liked.

Recipe and photo credit by –  Seasonal Berries

Claire Justine
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  1. Karen @ BakingInATornado
    13 September 2012 / 2:21 PM

    I LOVE lamb but tend to make it the same way over and over again. Can't wait to try this. My family will be surprised to see lamb cooked differently! I'm here from the hop, glad I found you.

    • Clairejustine
      15 September 2012 / 10:38 AM

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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