Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb Salt

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Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb SaltRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Leg of lamb is an easy yet holiday-worthy roast. Buzz together the flavorful salt seasoning in a food processor, and rub it onto the meat at least 12 hours before roasting. Trust an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the lamb is the perfect rosy pink in the center.

Makes 8 servings


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1/3 cup loosely packed fresh rosemary leaves
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves
3 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (5- to 7-lb.) bone-in leg of lamb, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 14 Hours, 50 Minutes

1. Process first 5 ingredients in a food processor 2 to 3 minutes or until blended. Rub mixture over lamb, and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Chill 12 to 24 hours.

2. Let lamb stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°. Brush lamb with olive oil.

3. Bake at 450° for 45 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350°, and bake 1 more hour or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145°. Let lamb stand 20 minutes before serving.

Created date

March 2015