Roast Lamb with Plum Sauce Recipe

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"Cloves of garlic inserted into slits cut in the meat are the secret to this recipe's success," writes Dorothy Pritchett of Wills Point, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, slivered
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) plum jam
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 300 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Remove thin fat covering from the roast. Make slits in meat; insert a garlic sliver in each. Place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, for plum sauce, in a medium saucepan, saute onions in butter until tender. Add the jam, chili sauce, grape juice, lemon juice and allspice; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Baste roast with sauce. Bake 1 hour longer, basting occasionally, or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium, a meat thermometer should read 160°; well-done, 170°), basting occasionally with plum sauce. Bring the remaining sauce to a boil; stir in parsley. Let roast stand for 10-15 minutes before carving. Serve remaining sauce with roast. Yield: 11 servings.
Originally published as Roast Lamb with Plum Sauce in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p17

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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5173nancy User ID: 6947323 10454
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Suburb! The plum sauce was outstanding . Would use the sauce on lamb chops too!"

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