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Troy's Tuscan Lamb Leg

Troy's Tuscan Lamb Leg


1 easy carve leg of lamb (about 1.8 kilos)

1 lemon, cut into thin rounds

Fresh rosemary sprigs, to garnish

For the marinade

5 garlic cloves, crushed

2 teaspoons sea salt

10 g coarsely chopped fresh rosemary

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


On a cutting board, coarsely chop the crushed garlic. Sprinkle with the salt and then finely chop and, using the flat side of the knife, smear the garlic and salt into a coarse paste.

Add the rosemary and lemon zest and continue chopping until well combined. Scoop into a small bowl and stir in the oil, lemon juice, and pepper to make a thin paste.

Place the lamb on a large baking tray. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, pierce the lamb about 15 times, making slits about 1 inch (25 mm) wide and deep all over the lamb.

Using a small spoon and your fingertips, fill each slit with some of the rosemary paste. Slather the remaining rosemary paste all over the lamb.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for an hour to remove its chill before cooking.


Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 200C. Place the lamb in a large roasting pan and roast for 15 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 177C. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the lamb (not touching a bone) reads 55C for medium rare, about 1 1/4 hours. During the last 20 minutes of roasting, arrange the lemon slices on top of the lamb.

When finished cooking, move the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Set the lemon slices aside.

Using the leg bone as a handle, carve the lamb by slicing it vertically along the roast in the boneless area, then parallel to the bone in the shank section.

Arrange the slices on a platter and pour the carving juices on top. Garnish with the rosemary sprigs and lemon slices and serve.

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