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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Roasted Leg of Lamb

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Sunday is Easter. A great way to celebrate Easter is with a Leg of Lamb. This recipe is from my cookbook.

Whenever I think of lamb, I think of my grandma, Ole. My mother’s

mother would occasionally cook leg of lamb. She would always invite

me to eat with her, because she knew I loved to eat lamb. This recipe

is as close to hers as I can remember. I consider myself lucky to have

been surrounded by many wonderful cooks.

1 whole Leg of Lamb about 6-9 pounds

20 cloves Garlic large ones cut in half lengthwise

Fresh Rosemary

Fresh Thyme

Creole Seasoning

Olive Oil

Red Wine


Prepare leg by removing most of the visible fat. Cut slits into the

top portion of the roast with a small sharp knife. Insert garlic clove

into each slit and push down with finger until it is no longer visible.

Rub the herbs and Creole seasoning all over the surface. Do the same

with olive oil. Splash with wine and rub again. Cover and let meat

marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Remove

from refrigerator 1 hour before roasting.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the lamb leg in a shallow

roasting pan. Roast for 10-15 minutes for initial searing, and then

reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Continue roasting for 8

minutes per pound for rare, 10 minutes per pound for medium, or 18

minutes per pound for well done. Baste occasionally with pan juices.

Remove roast from oven when done. Tent with aluminum foil and let

rest 10-20 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, reduce the liquids in

the pan and deglaze to get all the bits off the bottom of the pan. Add

wine or water if necessary.

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