Roast leg of lamb with thyme and lemon recipe

  • Serves 6
  • 15mins to prepare, 100mins to cook and 20mins to rest
  • 620 calories / serving
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Enjoy the very best of British lamb with this delicous recipe, perfect for a family get together on a Sunday.

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put 3 garlic cloves, some fresh thyme leaves, the zest of 1 lemon and 2tbsp olive oil in a pestle and mortar, season, and bash into a paste.
  2. Take a 2.5kg (5Ib) leg of lamb (to serve 6) and, using a sharp knife, make little slits over the meat. Rub the herb mix all over. Slice 2 onions finely and scatter into a large roasting tin. Add a few thyme sprigs, drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil, season and put the lamb leg on top.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C, pour 250ml (8fl oz) white wine and a splash of water over the lamb. Roast for 15 minutes per 500g (1.1lb) for pink lamb; for well-done lamb roast for 20 minutes per 500g. Baste the lamb with its juices a few times during cooking and add a little water to the tin about 15 minutes before the lamb is cooked.
  4. Remove the meat, place on a serving plate, lightly cover with foil and leave for 20 minutes. To make gravy, remove the excess fat from the tin. Over a high heat whisk the meat juices with 2tsp flour. Add 500ml (17fl oz) hot stock and let it bubble for 3-4 minutes. Stir in 1⁄2 tsp Dijon mustard and 1 tsp redcurrant jelly. Season and serve with the lamb. 

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  • Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5kg (5lb) leg of lamb
  • 2 onions
  • 250ml (8fl oz) white wine
  • 2tsp flour
  • 500ml (17fl oz) hot stock
  • 1/2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tsp redcurrant jelly
  • Energy 2570kj 620kcal 31%
  • Fat 45g 64%
  • Saturates 20g 100%
  • Sugars 5g 6%
  • Salt 1.3g 22%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 8.6g Protein 38.9g Fibre 1.6g


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