Recipe: Rolled Scotch Lamb Shoulder with Basil and Pine Nuts

scotch lamb recipe st andrews day scottish


scotch lamb recipe st andrews day scottish


We celebrated St Andrews Day a bit later this week at home due to being out and about so we have a recipe here using delicious Scotch Lamb.  Rolled Scotch Lamb shoulder with basil and pine nuts served with roast onions, pepper and potatoes.  The colours brighten up these dark days and the roast lamb…yum!

This recipe is really easy to prepare and took around 20 mins prep.  Once prepared, chuck it in the oven and potter about doing other things whilst it cooks.

Add olives, pine nuts, garlic and basil to a food processor.

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Smooth the paste over the roll of Scotch Lamb.

scotch lamb recipe st andrews day scottish

and cook!

More recipes involving Scotch Lamb can be found on their website here.

scotch lamb recipe st andrews day scottish

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  • 60 ml/4tbsp pine nuts
  • 50 g/2oz fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 75 g/3oz pitted green olives
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 boned shoulder of Scotch Lamb weighing 1.3kg/3lb
  • 500 g/1lb Charlotte potatoes
  • 2 red peppers deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 red onions cut into wedges


  • Preheat the oven to 220oC/Fan 200oC/425oF/Gas Mark 7.
  • Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic and olives on a large board, then use a large sharp knife to chop them all together until you have a rough paste. (or use a food processor and blitz)
  • Season with salt and plenty of ground black pepper.
  • Unroll the boned shoulder and place skin side down on a board.
  • Scatter the basil paste over the meat, rubbing it into all the crevices and cut surfaces.
  • Roll up the shoulder of lamb and tie it together with string at regular intervals to make a neat parcel.
  • Place the lamb in the centre of a large roasting tin. Roast for 10 mins.
  • Reduce the temperature to 180oC/Fan 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4 and roast for 40 mins.
  • Remove the roasting tin from the oven, add all the vegetables and toss together until coated in the pan juices.
  • Roast for a further 40 mins.
  • Transfer the meat to a board and leave to rest for 10 mins, covered with foil.
  • Keep the vegetables warm in a serving dish.

Many thanks to @QMScotland and @ScotchKitchen for providing the recipe and ingredients.  Please give them a follow for more information on Scottish Meat.

scotch lamb recipe st andrews day scottish




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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