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Maple & chilli-glazed leg of lamb on a chopping board with chopped green chillies

Maple & chilli-glazed leg of lamb

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Make a lovely maple and chilli glaze to brush over a leg of lamb, ready for barbecuing – a great choice when you haven’t got time for marinating

Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal582
fat31g
saturates14g
carbs13g
sugars11g
fibre2g
protein62g
salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 2.5kg leg of lamb, butterflied (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 1 bunch of rosemary, snipped into 2cm lengths

For the glaze

  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 50g Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp yeast extract
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 medium green chillies, sliced

Method

  • STEP 1

    Lay the butterflied lamb leg on a board and use a sharp knife to prick about 20 holes all over the skin side. Press the rosemary sprigs deep into the holes, then season all over.

  • STEP 2

    To make the glaze, tip all of the ingredients into a small saucepan, reserving a few sliced chillies, and bring to the boil. Stir to combine, then remove from the heat and set aside. Light the barbecue. It’s ready when the coals are ashen and you can hold your hand 5cm above the grill for at least 5 seconds.

  • STEP 3

    Lay the lamb skin-side down on the grill and cook for 10 mins. Turn over using tongs and cook for 10 mins more. Repeat this two more times for 5 mins on each side so the lamb cooks for a total of 30 mins. Baste with the glaze, turn the lamb again and keep basting for another 10 mins until deep brown and sticky. Remove to a board, cover loosely and leave to rest for 20 mins. Carve into thin slices to serve, then scatter over the reserved sliced chillies.

Recipe tip

Rain or shine: To cook this indoors, heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7. Put the lamb on a baking tray and roast for 30 mins, then reduce the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6 and baste with the glaze. Roast for another 15 mins, basting every 5 mins, or until done to your liking.

Finely chop any leftover maple & chilli-glazed leg of lamb and reheat in a frying pan until sticky and caramelised. Scatter the lamb over warmed naans and top with a handful of chopped coriander and extra sliced green chillies, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2021

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