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 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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