Roast Leg of Lamb with Herbs

James Carrier

Notes: Prepare through step 2 up to 1 day ahead; cover lamb and chill.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 279
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Protein: 39g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.9g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 94mg
  • Cholesterol: 121mg


  • 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6 lb.)
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed or crumbled dried bay leaves
  • About 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt


  1. 1. Rinse lamb and pat dry; trim off and discard excess surface fat.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, mix wine, parsley, mint, olive oil, garlic, paprika, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Rub all over lamb.
  3. 3. Set lamb on a rack in an 11- by 17-inch pan. Roast in a 375° regular or convection oven until a thermometer inserted through thickest part of meat to the bone registers 140° for medium-rare, about 1 1/2 hours, or 150° for medium, about 1 3/4 hours. If drippings begin to burn, pour water into pan, 1/4 cup at a time, as needed.
  4. 4. Transfer lamb to a rimmed board or platter and, keeping it warm, let stand 10 to 15 minutes. Slice meat from the bone to serve. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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