Recipe: Lamb Backstrap with Pistachio and Brazil Nut Crust

Coeliac disease is becoming increasingly common, and sufferers have a permanent intestinal intolerance to gluten.

Did you know? Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) are naturally gluten free.

This Lamb Backstrap with Pistachio and Brazil Nut Crust is gluten free, but will be enjoyed by everyone – not just those with an intolerance.

Lamb backstrap with pistachio & brazil nut crust

Serves 4


  • 35g chopped pistachio kernels
  • 1tb chopped Brazil nuts
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 75g low fat ricotta
  • 1 egg white
  • cracked black pepper
  • 600g lamb backstrap, trimmed of fat
  • 8 chat potatoes and mixed fresh herbs, to serve
  • 1tb olive oil


Preheat oven grill to high. Place the pistachios, Brazil nuts thyme, ricotta, egg white and a little pepper in a bowl and mix until fully combined.

Set aside.Rub the lamb with olive oil. Heat a large non stick frying pan over medium high heat and pan cook backstraps for 3 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking.

Remove and rest for 5 minutes, then spoon the ricotta mixture over the top of the backstraps, pressing down to form a thick crust.

Place under the grill and continue to cook until the ricotta mixture is set and golden on top. Serve with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables that have been tossed with herbs such as basil, mint and chives.

Nutrient content per serve

Energy 2380kJ (570kcal), Protein 54g, Total fat 22g, Saturated fat 7g (32% of total fat), Monounsaturated fat 10g, Polyunsaturated fat 3g, Carbohydrates 33g, Fibre 9g, Sodium 175mg

~10g nuts per serve

Recipe courtesy of Nuts for Life:


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