Lamb with Mojito Jelly

My dumb ass forgot to take any pictures last night because we had guests over, but you’ll have to trust me that we had a lovely Spring inspired dinner of Lamb with mint jelly, blackened cauliflower and bacon wrapped asparagus.

Behold! The Mojito jelly!

To make the lamb; just season both sides with garlic salt and freshly cracked pepper, melt some butter in a pan and pan fry on high about 4 minutes each side. Tent with foil to rest. Both lamb breast (really cheap cut with lots of fat, it’s like lamb bacon!) and chops work great with this. Serve with jelly below.

For the asparagus; trim asparagus ends and wrap with bacon. Set on a cookie sheet with bacon ends tucked under. I got thick cut bacon, so I cut the pieces on the lengthwise and in half. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes until bacon crisps.

For the roasted cauliflower; Cut up cauliflower into bite sized pieces and toss with enough olive oil and salt to coat. Add pepper if you like. Line a baking dish or cookie sheet (whatever will fit in your broiler) with parchment paper. Bake cauliflower in lined dish 20-25 minutes until just tender. Get broiler going and roast the cauliflower in there until it’s sufficiently toasted to blackened. You’ll want to go and stir them up or flip them from time to time, but you want some blackened bits.

Mojito Jelly Recipe:

2 cups loosely-packed fresh mint leaves (or 1 cup tightly packed), stalks/stems removed
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup bottled lime juice
2 tablespoons powdered pectin (or 1 tablespoon Jamsetta)
3 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons white rum
2 drops green colouring (optional)

Prepare mint, steep in water.
Wash mint well, then remove any stems or stalks. Roughly chop the mint leaves then add into a small saucepan with the water, which should just cover the leaves. Bring to a boil then simmer for two minutes, then turn the heat off and cover the pot, steep for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has cooled, while you heat the jars. Strain the liquid, squeezing any liquid from the leaves.

Pre-heat jars.
For each batch, you’ll want to pre-heat your jars (I use half pint (125ml) or 4oz (75ml) jars) by covering in water and simmering for about 10 minutes. When we are ready to ladle the jelly into the jars, I heat the lids in the already hot water. The rings do not need to be heated. While the jars heat measure the remaining ingredients ready to use.

Make the jelly.
Measure the mint liquid into a large heavy-based pot, if there is not enough to make two cups, add enough water to the mint liquid to make two cups of liquid. Then whisk in the lime juice and powdered pectin. Bring to a boil over high heat, whisking every minute or so to distribute the pectin. Once it is at a high boil (bubbling and boiling lots), add the sugar all at once, whisking well. Bring to a rolling boil (will start to bubble and foam, cannot be stirred down), keeping at a rolling boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir through the white rum and green colouring (if using). Skim foam from surface and discard foam.

Ladle hot jelly into hot jars.
Ladle your hot jelly into hot half-pint jars (or whatever sized jar you want, I also did some small 4oz jars), leaving a 1/4 inch (0.5cm) headspace. Wipe rims and seal immediately. Process in hot water bath canner for 10 minutes. Take lid off canner and rest jars in canner for 5 more minutes before removing to a tea towel covered surface to cool overnight.

Next day: check for seal, label and store.
The next day check for a seal – the jar lid should not flex up and down when pressed. Label sealed jars and store in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 12 months. Re-process any non-sealed jars or refrigerate for immediate use.

Lamb with Mojito Jelly

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