One-pot Braised Lamb Breast With Beans, Carrots & Mint For Easter Day 2024

Easter lamb with beans is a French favourite. Great for a crowd, this celebration centrepiece works with canned cannellini or haricot beans.


– 2 boneless lamb breasts (about 1.4kg in total) – 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped – small bunch of rosemary, needles picked and chopped, stalks reserved – 1 lemon, zested – 1 tbsp sunflower oil – 3 carrots, cut into small chunk – 1 onion, finely chopped – 1 glass of white wine (or use a total of 400ml stock) – 300ml lamb or chicken stock – 2 x 400g cans flageolet beans, drained but not rinsed For the mint sauce – large bunch of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped – small bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped – 3 tbsp capers, drained and finely chopped – 2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (optional) – 1 tbsp Dijon mustard – 2 tbsp red wine vinegar – 100ml olive oil


Step 1

Place lamb flesh-side up on a chopping board and season thoroughly. Roll tightly lengthwise and tie with kitchen twine after distributing garlic, rosemary, and lemon zest.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Cook the lamb in a large flameproof casserole over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes until well-browned. 

Step 3

After lifting onto a dish, simmer carrots, onions, and rosemary stems for 10 minutes until just starting to colour. Add wine and stock, simmering. 

Step 4

Cover the lamb in the vegetable mixture and bake for 3 hours, rotating once or twice until cooked.

Step 5

Mint sauce is made by whisking mustard, vinegar, and olive oil into herbs, capers, and anchovies. Reserve seasonally. One day ahead, prepare and relax. Blend or chop everything.

Step 6

Lift tender lamb to a board to rest. Strain veggies into a heatproof container to save roasting juices. 

Step 7

Return vegetables to casserole. Pour the preserved roasting juices over the beans and veggies, removing lots of fat. 

Step 8

Heat beans in the casserole for 15-20 minutes on low. Cut the lamb into thick slices and serve with beans and mint sauce after resting.


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