Roast Lamb with Dill and Lemon Roast Lamb with Dill and Lemon

Roast Lamb with Dill and Lemon

A delicious whole leg of lamb roasted with fresh lemon and dill and finished with elderflower cordial.  A great dish for family get togethers.

prep time
10 mins

cook time
1 hour 15 minutes

serves
8 people

To Cook Medium: Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: Well done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.3kg/3lb lean whole lamb leg joint
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 60ml/4tbsp freshly chopped dill leaves
  • 2 lemons, zest removed and sliced thinly
  • 30ml/2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 45ml/3tbsp elderflower cordial mixed with 30ml/2tbsp cold water

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  1. Place the joint on a large chopping board. Make a series of long slashes over the joint and season on both sides. Press the dill and lemon zest well into the surface of the lamb.
  1. Put the lemon slices in a large non-stick roasting tin and position the joint on top.  Drizzle with the oil and oven roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices.  Cover with foil if browning too quickly.
  1. 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time spoon the elderflower cordial over the lamb and return to the oven for the remaining cooking time.
  1. Remove the joint from the oven, transfer to a large plate, cover and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  1. Carve the lamb, spoon over the meat juices and serve with a potato, fennel and olive salad.

Tips:

This recipe works well with lamb half leg or shoulder.