Crispy roast lamb
Cooking time:(plus resting time)
Skill level: Easy peasy
Adding a crispy crunch to your roast lamb gives it a delicious new flavour while giving a really satisfying additional texture, too. Cover you lamb with a tangy lemon, olive and anchovy stuffing with this simple recipe. We love this dish when the nights begin getting a bit cooler and darker and you just want comfort food thanks to its rich, warming flavours. The meat is meltingly tender and packed full of flavour for a really satisfying meal.
- 2kg (4½lb) leg of lamb
- 450ml (¾ pint) vegetable or lamb stock
- Sprigs of rosemary, to garnish
- About 200ml (7fl oz) dry white wine, optional
- 2 tbsp plain flour or gravy granules
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Knob of butter
- 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 30g (1oz) fresh flat-leaved parsley, chopped
- 4 sprigs of rosemary, leaves chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 60g (2oz) stoned black olives
- 50g can anchovies, drained
- 200g (7oz) breadcrumbs
- 150ml (¼ pint) vegetable or lamb stock
- Freshly ground black pepper
Serve this lamb with some homemade mint sauce for an extra special treat
- Set the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.
- To make the stuffing: Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan, add the onion and fry gently for 10 mins until softened. Take off the heat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Make deep cuts in the lamb at 5cm (2in) intervals and push in about half the stuffing. Tie string around the joint to hold it together. Put it in a roasting tin and roast for 20 mins.
- Turn the oven temperature down to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Pour stock into the roasting pan and cook for 2½ hours, adding more stock or water if it starts to dry out. Put the rest of the stuffing in a dish and bake it separately for 30-40 mins.
- Remove lamb from the oven and put on a hot platter. Cover it with foil and leave to rest for 30 mins. Garnish with rosemary.
- Use pan juices to make gravy, adding wine, if using, more stock or water to the juices and thickening with flour or gravy granules.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 380(kcal)
- Fat 16.0g
- Saturates 6.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.