Roast lamb stuffed with apricot & mint served on a plate

Roast lamb stuffed with apricot & mint

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins Plus resting

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Serves 6

Take roast lamb to another level with a flavourful apricot and mint stuffing. Great for a Sunday roast, or as an alternative to turkey at Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal846
  • fat48g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein67g
  • salt1g


  • 1 leg of lamb (about 2kg), boned (ask your butcher to do this for you)



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 100g carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 100g leek, chopped



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 100g celery, chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • ½ bulb of garlic, broken into cloves and lightly crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • ½ pack rosemary



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 500ml lamb or chicken stock

For the stuffing

  • 200g ready-to-eat dried apricots, finely chopped
  • ½ pack mint, leaves picked and finely chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 150-200g breadcrumbs (using 200g gives you more solid stuffing, which is easier to carve; 150g is softer and more spoonable)
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Lay the lamb, skin-side down, on a board – if the joint you bought is tied up, then snip the strings and unroll it. Cut several pieces of string long enough to tie around the lamb, then slide them under the joint so they’re regularly spaced out. Mix the stuffing ingredients together, and season well. Spread the stuffing out along the middle of the lamb, then fold the meat over to form a roll. Tie the string so the roll stays together, but don’t make it too tight or it will cut into the meat. Tie some string lengthways too, if necessary.

  2. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Season the lamb evenly all over. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan, then brown the lamb all over. Start with the side where the seam meets, as this will stop the lamb breaking up when you carve it.

  3. Tip the veg, garlic and rosemary into a roasting tin and put the lamb on top, seam-side down. Cook the lamb until the core temperature reaches 60C on a meat thermometer – this should take around 1 hr for a 2kg leg. As you rest the lamb, the temperature will continue to rise so don’t overcook it.

  4. Lift the lamb out of the tin and, keeping it warm, rest for up to an hour. Put the roasting tin on the hob. Add the stock, bring to a simmer, then tip the lot into a saucepan, scraping up any bits. Add 500ml water and then simmer again until reduced by half. Pour through a fine sieve and serve with the lamb.

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12th May, 2020
The apricot flavours were lost in the stuffing mix but the mint was subtle and came through well. Used half leg lamb and half recipe quantities but one egg was about right for half the breadcrumbs mixture. Cooked half boned leg 50mins. Rested for 20minutes but this meant the stuffing cooled and I prefer this hotter. The gravy was very tasty and I used the full recipe quantities of garlic and rosemary but had no leek to use so increased celery amount. I would brown the joint a little more next time as the cooking temperature means the joint will not brown further than your initial browning.
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