Tasty Easter Leg of Lamb

Tasty Easter Leg of Lamb
  • 4 servings
  • 0:30 Preparation
  • 1:30 Cooking
  • 2:15 Total Time


Add all
  • 6 to 7 lbs
    (2 1/2 to 3 kg)

    leg of lamb fresh or frozen

  • 2

    cloves garlic

  • 2 tsp.
    (10 mL)

    dried rosemary

  • 1 Tbsp.
    (30 mL)

    olive oil

  • 1 tsp.
    (5 mL)


  • 1 tsp.
    (5 mL)

    coarse salt

  • 1/2 tsp.
    (3 mL)

    pepper, crushed

  • 1 cup
    (250 mL)

    white wine or home-made chicken broth, unsalted


Remove all excess fat and membrane from the lamb and wipe with a damp paper towel.

Peel garlic cloves and slice in 3 strips lengthways.

With the tip of a knife, insert garlic cloves in different places.

Mix rosemary, oil, mustard, salt and pepper.

Spread this paste over the entire leg of lamb and let stand on the counter; Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).

If using frozen leg of lamb, thaw in the refrigerator covered with this marinade which will season it and keep moist.

Put the leg of lamb on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, fat side up.

Insert a meat thermometer in the meatiest part of the roast, away from bone or fat.

Roast uncovered until done. (See roasting table below)

30 minutes before the end of cooking, baste lamb with one third of the wine or broth, and baste from time to time with the cooking juices until done.

Remove roast when cooked and let stand 15 minutes; it will be easier to slice and will retain its flavourful juices.

Pour off the fat in the roasting pan and add the rest of the wine or broth with a little water; deglaze the pan with a spatula.

Strain the juice and serve with the lamb.


Internal temperature of the leg of lamb Approximate cooking time- pink

140°F (60°C) 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours- medium 150°F (65°C) 2 to 2 1/4 hours- well-done 160°F (70°C) 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours

Source: Metro

Wine and meal pairing

Aromatic and supple

Aromatic and supple
These medium-bodied wines are characterised by their smooth tannins that usually confer a certain roundness. They are often dominated by a nose of ripe fruit or woody notes (toast, coffee or vanilla).
Product category: red wine.

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