Garlic and Bacon-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

Garlic and Bacon-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Rosemary Image by: Garlic and Bacon-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Rosemary Author: Canadian Living

Rosemary and lamb are a match made in heaven. Editor-in-chief Susan Antonacci loves to serve lamb, and here she shares one of her favourite recipes – a perfect welcome to spring.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2007


  • 1 short cut leg of lamb (about 4 lb/2 kg)
  • 6 garlic cloves slivered
  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


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Using sharp knife, remove thin membrane from lamb. Cut tiny slits all over lamb; insert garlic slivers and bacon. Brush oil over lamb. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper.

Roast on rack in roasting pan in 325°F (160°C) oven for 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare or 160°F (71°C) for medium. Remove to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.

Skim fat from pan drippings. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to pan; bring to boil, scraping up brown bits. Strain and keep warm.

Place lamb with meatier portion facing up. Grip shank end firmly with towel. Cutting down to bone, cut 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices. With knife parallel to bone, cut slices from bone. Turn lamb so remaining meaty portion faces up. Carve as for first side. Arrange on platter; pour pan juices over top.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 523 mg
  • Protein 43 g
  • Calories 445.0
  • Total fat 29 g
  • Cholesterol 139 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g


  • Iron 28.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 14.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Garlic and Bacon-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Rosemary