Herb and garlic leg of spring lamb with roasted new potatoes

Herb and garlic leg of spring lamb with roasted new potatoes

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The lamb is tender and full of flavour and the potatoes are simply delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 fresh rosemary stalks, leaves removed and chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (about 1.9kg) Sainsbury’s leg of lamb (or 1.85kg Sainsbury’s frozen leg of lamb, thawed)
  • 1kg new potatoes
  • For a quick and easy sauce
  • 200ml Sainsbury’s tomato passata
  • 4 green olives, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 fresh rosemary stalk, leaves chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Mix the garlic with the oregano, rosemary, lemon zest and juice and olive oil in a small jug.

  2. Using a small sharp knife, cut slits all over the lamb and place in a roasting tin. Drizzle the herb mixture over the lamb and, using your hands, work as much as possible into the slits in the meat. Roast for 20 mins.

  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4 and continue to cook for a further 1 hour 15 mins for a 1.9kg joint or 20 mins per 450g for pink lamb; cook for a further 15 mins if you prefer it well done.

  4. Add the potatoes to the roasting tin when the lamb has 1 hour left to cook. You will need to baste the lamb once and turn the potatoes to make sure that they brown evenly.

  5. Take the lamb out of the oven and put onto a platter, cover with foil to rest somewhere warm for 10–15 mins. Spoon the potatoes into a serving dish and keep warm.

  6. Pour the fat off the tin, then put on the hob – there should still be some lamb juices in the pan. Add the tomato passata, 200ml hot water, the olives, brown sugar and rosemary. Simmer gently for a few mins.

  7. Carve the lamb and serve with the potatoes, vegetables and the sauce for the adults.

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