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PGI Welsh Lamb* noisette with citrus laver butter and potato cake

Noisette is a boneless, lean cut from the loin and is full of flavour. Welsh Laverbread** complements the sweetness of the Welsh Lamb, as discovered by the historian and traveller George Borrow in the 19th century. Cook this dish to celebrate St David’s Day (Sunday 1st March 2020).

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6.
  2. Mix the butter, laverbread and citrus zest in a small bowl and shape into a cylinder. Wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate until required.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy based, oven-proof frying pan, season the meat on both sides with the salt and pepper and sear for 2-3 minutes on both sides. Slice half the butter and pop on top of each noisette, then transfer to the oven and cook for a further 10-12minutes depending on how pink you like your lamb. Remove from the oven and leave to rest in a warm place.
  4. In the meantime mix the potato with the laverbread and oats, season with pepper and shape into 4 potato cakes of about 2-3cm thickness. Leave them at room temperature. In another frying pan, heat the butter and oil and fry the potato cakes until they are golden and crispy on all sides.
  5. To serve, slice the remaining butter and put a slice on each cooked noisette and plate with the potato cake along with any lamb juices.