Roast leg of lamb with juniper & rosemary

Roast leg of lamb with juniper & rosemary

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins Plus resting


Serves 6
Matt rubs his lamb with a few simple aromatics for a no-fuss Sunday lunch

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal641
  • fat36g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre36g
  • protein73g
  • salt0.42g


  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and chopped



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

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 juniper berries, crushed
  • about 1 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…

  • 1 whole leg of lamb about 3kg



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

  • 250ml white wine


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Mix the garlic, rosemary, peppercorns and juniper together with enough olive oil to make a paste. Remove the lamb from the fridge and vigorously rub with the paste, then set aside for about 1 hr while the lamb comes up to room temp.

  2. Place the leg into a roasting tin and roast for about 1 hr 45 mins. Remove the lamb and allow to rest on a board wrapped in foil for at least 30 mins. This will give you lamb that is still slightly pink in the middle. If you prefer your meat well done, cook for 2 hrs, then leave to rest as stated.

  3. Pour off as much fat from the pan as you can, then place the pan on a direct heat, scraping up any bits. Pour in the wine, bring to the boil and reduce a little scraping the pan with a wooden spoon. Strain the juices into a saucepan and season to taste. When the lamb has rested, slice it. Tip any juices into the sauce, then reheat and serve.

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16th Apr, 2013
Wonderful way to make a delicious roast.
19th Dec, 2012
Forgot to leave a rating...Made this at the weekend and it was delicious. Added a few more than just 3 juniper berries though!
19th Dec, 2012
Made this at the weekend and it was delicious. Added a few more than just 3 juniper berries though!
13th Dec, 2010
Should the recipe be 3 juniper berries or 3 tsp juniper berries?
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21st Feb, 2014
I added alot more than 3 juniper berries about 20. Tasted lovely.
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