Leg of Lamb Dinner Recipe

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Rosemary and currant jelly give this tender, juicy roast a wonderful flavor. Your house will be filled with the savory aroma of this dinner.—Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1 leg of lamb (5 to 7 pounds)
  • 8 garlic cloves, cut into slivers
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or 1/4 teaspoon dried mint flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 package (16 ounces) baby carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup currant jelly

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 372 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 470mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. Remove thin fat layer from roast. Make deep cuts in the meat; insert a garlic sliver in each. Combine 3 teaspoons rosemary, mustard, 1 teaspoon of salt, mint and pepper. Stir in water. Rub over meat. Place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the potatoes, carrots, oil and remaining rosemary and salt. Place in another greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-3/4 hours.
  3. Baste roast with pan drippings; bake 30 minutes to 2 hours longer or until meat reaches desired doneness (160° for medium-well, 170° for well-done).
  4. Add peas to vegetable mixture; bake 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are browned and tender. Remove roast and vegetables to a warm serving platter and keep warm.
  5. Strain pan drippings into a saucepan; skim fat. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, broth and cold water until smooth; gradually add to drippings. Stir in jelly. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast and vegetables. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Leg of Lamb Dinner in Taste of Home April/May 2000, p41

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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cwbuff User ID: 441425 22808
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"Very good dinner! However, I doubled the seasonings and also tossed the peas in the mixture too. I didn't make the gravy - it's probably even better with it."

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