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Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic, Thyme and Lemon

4
4
4
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
1 hr 30 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Leg of lamb is rubbed with a fragrant mixture of thyme, lemon and garlic. Roast whole garlic bulbs alongside and squeeze the softened garlic over the lamb.

Ingredients

lemon zest

1 tbsp(s), freshly grated

fresh thyme

2 tbsp(s), fresh, chopped

olive oil

3 tsp(s), divided

kosher salt

1¼ tsp(s), or to taste

uncooked lean and trimmed lamb leg(s)

3¼ pound(s), boneless, rolled and tied

garlic clove(s)

3 clove(s), medium

black pepper

½ tsp(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Pull off 4 cloves from a head of garlic. Peel and mince the 4 cloves; place in a small cup (you should have about 22 ml [1½ Tbsp]). Add lemon zest, thyme, 10 ml (2 tsp) of oil, salt and pepper; mix well and then rub mixture all over lamb.
  3. Place lamb in prepared roasting pan. Slice about 6 mm (¼ in) off tops of heads of garlic. Rub cut ends of garlic with remaining teaspoon oil; place around lamb in roasting pan.
  4. Roast lamb until medium-rare and a meat thermometer inserted in centre reads 60°C (140°F), about 70 to 80 minutes. Remove lamb to a cutting board; let rest 15 minutes. If garlic isn't soft, place back in pan and roast until soft, about 10 minutes more.
  5. Slice lamb into 6-mm-thick (¼ in) slices and place on a serving platter; squeeze roasted garlic from garlic bulbs over lamb. If desired, skim fat off top of any pan juices and drizzle over sliced lamb. Yields about 2 slices of lamb per serving.

Notes

Roast longer to desired degree of doneness.

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