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Garlic-Herb Roast Leg of Lamb

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 24 hrs
Stand time 1 hr, 20 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield Serves: 8
Serve a memorable Easter dinner with Garlic-Herb Roast Leg of Lamb at the center.


  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 3 tinned anchovy fillets
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 semi-boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and tied (7 to 8 lb.)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 450
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • protein 62 g
  • carbohydrate 1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 192 mg
  • sodium 241 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine rosemary, thyme, parsley, garlic, zest, anchovy fillets, pepper and oil in a food processor; puree until a fairly smooth paste forms, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Pat lamb dry and make 1-inch-deep slits all over with a small, sharp knife. Rub paste on lamb and into slits. Place lamb on a rack in a large roasting pan, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Transfer to countertop 1 hour before roasting.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roast lamb for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of lamb, not touching bone, registers 135°F for medium-rare (temperature will rise to 145°F as lamb rests), 1 to 1 1/4 hours longer. Remove lamb from oven, cover loosely with foil and let rest 20 minutes.