Greek roast lamb

Greek roast lamb

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins

Easy

Serves 8
If Spring is in the air you don't want to be slaving over a hot oven, so make the most of seasonal lamb the easy way with this lazy roast

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal685
  • fat36g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein59g
  • salt0.54g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large leg of lamb, about 3kg/6lb 8oz
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch oregano
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1½ kg new potatoes
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • large handful pitted baby kalamata olives
    Bowl of olives

    Olive

    ol-liv

    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes.

  2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Baste the lamb once or twice with the juices and toss the potatoes. When the lamb is done to your liking, remove from the tin and let it rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm.

  3. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce and a simple salad.

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novvy25
25th Mar, 2012
5.05
Made this for Sunday dinner, really enjoyed it the lamb was melt in your mouth sunshine on a plate :0)
rocaliere
25th Jan, 2012
5.05
Absolutely delicious. one of our favourite roasts. Make a great change from the usual boring roast lamb, mint sauce, veg, spuds and gravy.
rocaliere
19th Aug, 2011
5.05
Have made this many times and never had a dissapointed guest. Great recipe many thanks !
messyjessie86
25th Apr, 2011
5.05
Oh my goodness, I cooked this for yesterday's Easter Sunday lunch soooooo delicious! Actually my mouth is watering just remembering how tasty the lamb was. Delicious tomato sauce as well. I served this alongside the simple Cos salad as recommended by the recipe. May need a bit of bread to mop up every last bit of that sauce;)
lajpink
16th Apr, 2011
5.05
you must try this - one of the best meals I have ever eaten!! My boyf used the word phenomenal
de39hf20
17th Feb, 2011
5.05
This tasted fabulous, cooked for a relaxing meal with friends and it got lots of compliments. Served with Greek salad, the sauce has a lovely fresh taste. Leftovers were turned into lamb rogan Josh also found on this site.
hannahq_2006
5th Dec, 2010
5.05
Gorgeous!!
stevelovescooking
3rd Nov, 2010
5.05
i used tyme and rosemay instead off oregano it was beautiful, i marrinated it for 2 hrs,
stevelovescooking
3rd Nov, 2010
5.05
i used tyme and rosemay instead off oregano it was beautiful, i marrinated it for 2 hrs,
julianaiwg
1st Oct, 2010
5.05
Made this with 2 smallish gigots of lamb, & left out the tomatoes at the end. It was picture-perfect, tasted wonderfully amazing, & husband gave supreme compliment: "you can make this any time for my parents..."

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