BBQ lamb with broad bean paste & hot fetta dressing

Ensure the dish is even yummier by choosing the smallest racks available because the meat is always sweeter and juicier. With small racks, cut double cutlets (with two bones) or ask your butcher to do it for you to ensure the meat stays moist and pink when it’s cooked.


2 sprigs fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, smashed
150 ml extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
12 lamb cutlets
3 cups podded broad beans (approx. 1.5 kg broad beans in pod)
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 clove garlic
6 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only, roughly chopped
Fetta vinaigrette
30 ml sherry vinegar, or other wine vinegar
30 ml sherry vinegar, or other wine vinegar
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
100 grams Greek fetta
handful kalamata olives


Combine the oregano, garlic, 50 ml of olive oil and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper, then rub the herby mixture into the lamb.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the broad beans for 3 minutes, then drain them, cool them a little under running water, and slip the bright green beans from the skin

Replace the pot and cook the peas in boiling water for 1 minute, then drain them and rinse in running water until they are just warm.

Chop the beans and peas roughly, then add half the mixture to a mortar and pestle with the garlic, mint and a little salt. Pound to a rough paste, gradually adding the remainder of the beans, peas and olive oil.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the vinegar, olive oil, garlic and mustard in a little saucepan. Season. Warm gently over medium-low heat. When ready to serve, stir through the crumbled fetta.

Cook the cutlets on a hot barbecue or griddle pan for a few minutes each side, then place on serving plates. Top with the broad bean paste and spoon over the warmed fetta vinaigrette. Scatter with the olives, then serve.

Comments & Reviews1

skip's picture
Oct 6, 2011

Great Karen. BBQ lamb chops will never taste so plain now that i know how to jazz them up with your delicious hot fetta dressing. And the way you do your bowls of vegetables for the table in your second book, is changing my whole approach to meals. i love your common sense approach to home cooking and pantry filling ... it gives me confidence .

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