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  • 2 lamb leg steaks

  • Olive oil, for frying

  • 2 garlic cloves, skin on, bashed

  • 200g crunchy white bread roll, cut into chunks

  • 3–4 tbsp milk

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the anchovy dressing

  • 25g anchovies preserved in olive oil

  • 1 tbsp capers

  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Small bunch of parsley, leaves roughly chopped


  • 1.

    Make small cuts into each edge of the lamb steaks to prevent them curling up while cooking. Season well with salt and pepper (lamb needs a lot of pepper), pushing the seasoning into the meat. (This will be much easier if the meat has been taken out of the fridge earlier and allowed to come up to room temperature.)

  • 2.

    Heat a frying pan until hot and add a little oil. When it’s hot, add the lamb and the garlic. Colour the lamb for 2½–3 minutes on each side until golden brown, basting with the oil as you cook and turning the garlic regularly to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Remove the meat from the pan and leave to rest, pouring over any pan juices and reserving the garlic.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, season the chunks of bread with salt and pepper. Soak in the milk, tossing the bread to help it soak evenly. (The milk will give it a rich creamy texture, almost like French toast.) Set aside.

  • 4.

    Make the dressing by placing the reserved garlic in a mortar with the anchovies and capers, grinding until smooth. Stir in the mustard, vinegar and enough oil to bring it to a thick dressing consistency. Add the parsley to the mortar and mix well with a spoon. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary

  • 5.

    Heat a little olive oil in a clean frying pan over medium heat. Squeeze out any excess milk from the bread, then fry it with some extra seasoning for 4–5 minutes, turning it regularly until it’s golden on all sides. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (10 servings)

  • Energy 250kj
  • Fat Total 18g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 10g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 246mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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