Italian Leg of Lamb with Lemon Sauce Recipe
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Italian Leg of Lamb with Lemon Sauce Recipe

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I wasn't a big fan of lamb until I tried this wonderful recipe. The sauce has bold lemon flavor, which pairs perfectly with the seasoned roast.—Pauline Morelli, Riverside, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Bake: 2-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Bake: 2-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons chopped anchovy fillets
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • One 2-gallon resealable plastic bag
  • 1 boneless leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 319 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Pour 2/3 cup marinade into the 2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the lamb; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Drain and discard marinade. Place leg of lamb on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  3. Remove meat to a serving platter and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
  4. Meanwhile, pour drippings and loosened brown bits into a 2-cup measuring cup. Skim fat; add reserved marinade and enough water to measure 1-3/4 cups.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine flour and cold water until smooth. Gradually stir in drippings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with lamb. Yield: 12 servings (2 cups gravy).
Originally published as Italian Leg of Lamb in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p52

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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