Roast Lamb with Mint Recipe

Roast Lamb with Mint Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 8

1.75 kg/4 lb leg of lamb, boned
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bunch of mint, chopped

45 ml/3 tbsp olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon
1 celery stick, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

300 ml/0.5 pt/1.25 cups water

Method :

Open out the lamb, season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the garlic and half the mint. Roll up and tie securely. Season the outside of the joint and place it on a rack in a roasting tin (pan), fat-side up. Pour over the oil and lemon juice, surround with the vegetables and roast in a preheated oven at 230C/450F/gas mark 8 for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Add the water to the tin and roast for a further 1.25 hours until the meat is tender and crisp on the outside. Transfer the lamb to a warm serving dish. Skim any excess fat off the pan juices, stir in the remaining mint and bring to the boil, then pour into a sauce boat and serve with the lamb.

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