Being responsible for preparing and cooking the roast lamb at Easter can be a daunting task, especially if you have found yourself doing it for the first time this year. Our fail-safe recipe delivers beautifully tender meat every time and with our handy guide on how to carve roast lamb, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be serving a delicious spring time spread that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
To roast your leg of lamb you will need
Our method results in meat that is still pink in the middle but you can take the guesswork out of whether your lamb is ready by using a meat thermometer. If you prefer your lamb more well-done, simply increase the cooking time to suit.
Lamb and rosemary are the perfect flavour combination so before roasting we used a pestle and mortar to grind the herb with garlic, olive oil and a pinch of salt before covering our leg of lamb with the paste. The result? A delicious roast lamb that nobody will be able to get enough of.
Filling your home with the mouth-watering smells of garlic and rosemary as it cooks, you’ll need a roasting tray big enough to hold your joint. The trick to wonderfully juicy and flavoursome lamb is allowing your meat plenty of time to rest before carving, we recommend around 15 minutes. During this time your lamb will reabsorb its juices so although it’s tempting to carve straight away, this time can make all the difference.
Once your lamb has rested it’s ready to serve. Use a spiked chopping board to keep your joint steady and keep control by using a carving set. Not only does this make for safer carving but it will also result in cleaner cuts of meat.
Traditionally roast lamb graces our table at Easter and we think it lends itself perfectly to our ultimate roast potatoes and some seasonal vegetables. Peas, green beans, carrots and parsnips are all in season around Easter and are a wonderful side dish to lamb.
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- 1 leg of lamb
- 1 handful fresh rosemary
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- Take the meat out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking and preheat your oven to 210°C
- Crush 1 clove of garlic and scatter across base of roasting tray
- Score the skin of the lamb lightly with a sharp knife and place in the roasting tray upon the garlic
- Add remaining garlic, chopped rosemary, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt to a pestle and mortar and grind to a smooth paste
- Either spoon or brush the mixture over the surface of the lamb
- Place the roasting tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 minutes
- Lower the temperature of the oven to 180°C and cook for 2 hours
- Remove from the oven and rest for 15 minutes before carving