Recipe: Lamb neck stuffed with ricotta & herb with lemon jus

Lamb neck stuffed with ricotta & herb with lemon jus. Picture: Supplied

This recipe will warm any heart and fill your home with all the aromas of comfort. Serve with a glass of Steenberg Merlot.


1kg deboned lamb neck
200g ricotta
10g chopped basil
10g chopped parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
1,000ml stock
1 lemon, juiced and zested
100g butter
Salt and pepper


1. In a food processor combine the ricotta, herbs and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Open the neck up and season with salt and pepper on the inside and out.

3. Lay the neck skin side down and spread the filling over the entire surface of the meat.

4. Roll up like a Swiss roll and secure with butcher’s string.

5. Prepare a roasting tin with the chopped vegetables and stock. Lay the lamb neck on top of the vegetables.

6. Braise in a preheated oven of 160°C for 2-3 hours or until cooked.

7. Once cooked, remove the meat from the pan and allow to rest.

8. Combine the vegetables and stock from the roasting pan and blend.

9. Pour into a pot and bring to the boil.

10. Add the zest, lemon juice and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Strain before serving.

Recipe supplied by Steenberg chef Kerry Kilpin

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