Sunday, April 08, 2007

Roasted Leg of Lamb

Happy Easter!

When I saw this semi-boneless leg of lamb at the grocery store, I had to take it home. A simple preparation and low-maintenance roasting resulted in a tender, flavorful lamb roast that was a success alongside the rest of the Easter dinner with my family including:

Antipasto platter
Vegetable crudite
Green salad
Rolls and butter
Twice-baked cheesy mashed potatoes
Sweet potato fries
Oven-roasted asparagus
Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts
Glazed spiral-cut ham
Leg of lamb...

And that doesn't include dessert! Thanks Chris and Randi and Bob and Cindy for hosting, and thanks to all of my family for a wonderful holiday.

Sorry for the lack of good "after" pictures, in the rush of transporting and devouring dinner, I forgot to take more photos. Here is one (if you can see it in the dark lighting!):

Roasted Leg of Lamb:
(serves 6-8 as a part of a meal)

4-5 lb semi boneless leg of lamb
1/4 c fresh rosemary leaves, stems removed
4-6 large cloves garlic
1/2 cup (approx) fresh parsley leaves
1 tbs or more sea salt, to taste
1 tsp or more black pepper, to taste
1/4 c Olive Oil or as needed to create paste

Heat oven to 450. In a small food processor, combine all ingredients except lamb. You can chop with a knife if you don't have a food processor. You should have a chunky green paste.

Score fat on lamb and make several small incisions with a sharp knife into the lamb. Spread all herb paste onto both sides of lamb, being sure to slide into pockets of meat. Place lamb fat side up (so fat can "melt" into the meat and keep it moist) and place in oven. Roast for 20 minutes, or just until beginning to crisp and brown.

Reduce heat and cook at 250 for about 15-20 minutes per pound or until internal temperature reads 130 for rare and higher for more well done. Remove and tent with foil, the lamb will continue to cook for the next 10 minutes or so. Carve and serve.


Susan said...

Sounds like an elegant and sumptuous Easter feast!

Kristen said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Easter dinner. I've never made lamb...yours looks amazing!

Chris said...

Wonderful Dinner! Yum!

Kirsten said...

Hi Susan, Kristen and Chris!


Kristen - this was my first attempt at lamb too - scary for an easter dinner, but I figured at least the ham would save us if the lamb was bad. However, the lamb was SO easy and SO good that I'll make it a lot more often.

Jonathan said...

My parents are Welsh, where much of the UK lamb is bred. We always serve it with a mint sauce, which I made on Easter and people loved it:

- half cup of mint leaves, finely chopped. I throw in a few pinches of sugar when chopping to help grind the flavors.
- put it a cup with half water, have vinegar. Add more sugar if needed. Let the flavors meld for an hour or more.
- a varient I do is to put it in a cup with a little bolied water for just a minute or so. This makes it steep, like tea, and quickens the process. I've also been using balsamic as of late, rather than plain vinegar. Some for cold lamb sandwiches the next day :)

Anonymous said...

How ironic that you posted this two Easter's ago and now I'm trying to make this lamb for the first time ever. I was at the store and couldn't pass up a 6 lb. leg of lamb for $15. Thanks for your tips and I'll let you know how it turned out! Thanks again and hope all is well! Julie in Hilton Head, SC.

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe for a 5 1/2 pound semi-bonless leg of lamb and it came out too undercooked. I had to slice the lamb and finish cooking it in the micorwave before I could serve it.

Is the direction for 250 degrees correct or should it really be 350 degrees?

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kirbambino said...

Fantastic! Thank you. Simple quick, and TASTY! Worked perfectly on my 4.5 lb semi boneless leg. Just right for our Easter dinner. :)

@Anonymous w/the undercooked 5.5lb piece, sorry to hear it didn't come out so well! Could the lamb have been still quite cold when you put it in the oven? I usually give my roasts about an hour out of the fridge to warm up, and they cook more evenly and quickly.