Garlic Leg of Lamb on Potatoes

Author: Canadian Living

For a grand dinner presentation, a leg of lamb is unsurpassed. Roasting it on a bed of potatoes gives the spuds a rich deliciousness. And the time needed to bring the lamb to medium-rare perfection ensures a crispy topping.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2002

Ingredients

  • 1 leg of lamb (about 4-3/4 lb/2.15 kg)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Potatoes:
  • 8 potatoes (3 lb/1.5 kg total)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cups water

Method

Trim all but 1/8 -inch (3 mm) thick layer of fat from lamb. In small bowl, whisk together chopped parsley, olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme, salt and pepper; spread all over lamb. Place in large shallow glass dish; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 48 hours.)

Potatoes: Peel potatoes and slice thinly. In large bowl, toss together potatoes, olive oil, salt, thyme and pepper to coat; spread evenly in 14- x 10-inch (35 x 25 cm) roasting pan. Pour water over potatoes; top with leg of lamb.

Roast in 425°F (220°C) oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C); roast for 1 1/2 hours or until lamb is medium-rare and meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 150°F (65°C). Transfer, meatier side up, to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 15 minutes.

To carve leg of lamb, grip shank end firmly with clean towel. Cut meat down to bone in 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; cut slices off along bone. Turn lamb and carve as with first side. Serve with potatoes.

Nutritional facts Per each of 8 servings: about

  • Sodium 522 mg
  • Protein 38 g
  • Calories 489.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 28 g

%RDI

  • Iron 27.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 18.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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