• 6servings
  • 135minutes

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Nutrition Info . . .

VitaminsC, D

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/3kg (3 lb) lean whole or carvery lamb leg joint

  2. salt and freshly milled black pepper

  3. For the Tarragon and Mint Butter:

  4. 75g (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened

  5. 45ml (3 tbsp) freshly chopped tarragon

  6. 45ml (3 tbsp) freshly chopped mint

  7. 30ml (2 tbsp) freshly grated orange zest

  8. 20ml (4 tsp) white wine vinegar

  9. For the Tangy Gravy:

  10. 25g (1 oz) plain flour

  11. 600ml (1 pint) good, hot lamb stock

  12. 75ml (2 1/2 fl oz) fresh orange juice

  13. freshly chopped mint and tarragon, to garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 180-190 C / Gas mark 4-5.

  2. In a small bowl mix together the tarragon and mint butter ingredients.

  3. Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface with a sharp knife. Season on both sides and spread the herb butter over both sides of the joint and into the slits.

  4. Transfer the joint to a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time (see below), basting occasionally with any meat juices. Cover with foil if browning too quickly.

  5. Remove the joint from the oven, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the tangy gravy; spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard. Place the tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any rich lamb sediment.

  6. Add the remaining stock, orange juice and any meat juices from the lamb plate. Adjust the seasoning if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the herbs and strain before serving.

  7. Serve the lamb with seasonal vegetables and the gravy.


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