What you'll need

Serves 1

  • 1 lamb backstrap, approximately 180g
  • 60g baby spinach, lightly cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 small red capsicum, roasted and peeled
  • 25g goat’s cheese
  • butcher’s twine
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 50g chickpeas, cooked and cooled
  • 1teaspoon cummin
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1red onion, sliced
  • 1cup flat-leaf parsley
  • juice of 1lemon
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

The easy bit

  1. Preheat oven to 220ºC.
  2. Butterfly the lamb using a long, sharp knife. To do this, lay the lamb flat-side down and make a horizontal cut three-quarters of the way through, lengthwise, then open up the meat like a book.
  3. Making sure the ‘spine’ of the book is facing down, lightly pound the lamb until it has an even thickness of about 7mm. Spread the spinach evenly over the lamb, leaving a 1cm border, and season. Do the same with the capsicum and crumble the goat’s cheese over the top.
  4. Roll the lamb into a cylinder shape, trying to pack in the filling so it doesn’t spill out.
  5. Using the butcher’s twine, tie up the middle and then the ends.
  6. In a hot ovenproof pan, add cooking oil and seal each side of the lamb. Brown evenly by turning every minute. When you are on the last side, put the pan in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Rest lamb for 3 minutes, then remove twine and slice the meat.
  8. Toss together chickpeas, cummin, garlic, red onion, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil to make the salad. Serve with the lamb.