Recipe: Herdwick Lamb with Beetroot & Girolle


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For the lamb
– Best end of lamb, trimmed of sinew
– Olive oil (50ml)
– Thyme (4 sprigs)
– Rosemary (2 springs)
– Garlic (1 clove) crushed
– Vegetable oil (2 tbsp)
– Table salt (1/2 tsp)
– Unsalted butter (25g) cubed

For the beetroot aioli
– Egg yolks (2)
– Dijon mustard (1/2 tsp)
– Cabernet sauvignon vinegar (1 tsp)
– Olive oil (125ml)
– Beetroot juice (250ml) reduced to 25ml and chilled
– Table salt (1/2 tsp)
– For the cooked beetroot
– Beetroot (1 long)
– Rock salt (2 tbsp)
– Olive oil, to dress

For the girolles
– Girolle mushrooms (10)
– Unsalted butter (20g)
– Table salt (1/2 tsp)

For the garnish
– Globe artichoke (1) peeled, cooked and quartered
– Borage flowers

1. To prepare the lamb, marinate overnight with the olive oil, herbs and garlic.
2. To make the aioli, whisk the eggs with the mustard and vinegar until pale and fluffy. Slowly drizzle in the oil whilst whisking continually. Finish with the beetroot juice and season to taste. Place into a piping bag in the fridge until needed.
3. To make the cooked beetroot, preheat the oven to 160°C. Wrap the beetroot with the salt in foil and bake for 3 hours, or until soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Peel whilst still warm, then refrigerate. Cut into neat wedges. When ready to serve, remove from the fridge 1 hour before and dress with olive oil and Maldon salt.  
4. To cook the lamb, heat the vegetable oil in a medium frying pan. Season the lamb all over, then place in the hot oil. Brown all over then add the butter. When foaming, baste the lamb all over until well caramelised and cooked through to your preferred liking. Remove and set aside somewhere warm to rest. Place the girolles in the pan with the lamb butter and cook through, add the artichoke quarters and warm through.  
5. To serve, place the beetroot aioli on the plate. Carve the lamb into four, placing two pieces on each plate. Garnish with the beetroot, artichokes and girolles. Finish with the borage flowers.