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How to Make a Springtime Leg of Lamb

Impress guests—or just your family—with this easy yet looks-like-you-went-to-a-lot-of-trouble leg of lamb.


  • Step 1: Trim fat Trim the excess fat from your leg of lamb and place it into a roasting pan, fat side up.
  • TIP: If possible, purchase your lamb from a local farm or farmer’s market. It will likely have a more distinct and clean flavor.
  • Step 2: Mince garlic Mince the garlic as finely as possible.
  • Step 3: Mix seasonings Mix the oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, and then rub the mixture all over the lamb. Let the lamb sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • TIP: Feel free to add any other herbs you like to this recipe.
  • Step 4: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Step 5: Roast the lamb Put the lamb in the oven and let it roast for about an hour and a half—or until your meat thermometer reads 130° (or medium rare).
  • TIP: Baste the lamb with its own juices every 20 minutes.
  • Step 6: Let sit Remove the lamb from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Step 7: Move lamb Remove the lamb from the pan and put it onto a cutting board.
  • Step 8: Make au jus Spoon off fat from the roasting pan, then add the wine and boil it over medium heat for about a minute.
  • Step 9: Serve Carve the lamb and serve it with the juices and mint jelly.
  • FACT: Lamb became the traditional Easter dinner for the Pope during the Middle Ages.

You Will Need

  • A roasting pan
  • A chefu2019s knife
  • A small bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A 7-lb. leg of lamb
  • 2.0 cloves of garlic
  • 2.0 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.0 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1.0 tbsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • A meat thermometer
  • 0.25 c dry red wine
  • Mint jelly

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