Boneless leg of lamb is a family favorite. Even when I was a kid it was a family favorite. It was made for Sunday dinner or a special occasion, like a birthday.
Watch the video for Garlic Rosemary Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb here!
Birthdays in our family were relatively low key, unless you were my brother. We didn’t have parties, unless you were my brother. We didn’t get presents, unless you were my brother. What we did get, unless you were my brother, was the dinner of your choice. My father and I have birthdays that are only a few days apart and we both wanted leg of lamb, always. We’re also a pie family, unless you’re my brother, so homemade fresh peach pie was also our choice. Our birthdays are late September/early October – peach season!
My brother on the other hand, likes to celebrate his birthday. He would go around the neighborhood and invite all the kids to his birthday party. On the day of his birthday, he’d tell Mom that all these kids were coming for a party. You’d think that Mom & I would have caught on after a while, but we always seemed to be blindsided!
Tom, my brother, who by the way still celebrates his birthdays in big ways, has a July birthday. The bakeries in Rochester were closed in July back in the day. There were no big supermarkets that had bakeries either. Mom and I were always running around to the penny candy store looking for goody-bag fillings and trying desperately to get a professional looking birthday cake. Somehow we always managed to pull it off and had fun doing so. It became comical.
Dad and I stuck to our leg of lamb and peach pie routine for many years. I was reminding them about this recently, but they are both in their late 80s and seem to have forgotten that tradition and my brother’s birthday antics. I’m visiting him soon and am going to see if he remembers!
This is my favorite version of a leg of lamb. I love the flavors of the rosemary, garlic and Dijon mustard with the slight gaminess of the lamb. This cooking method is low and slow. As you’ll see in the video, the outcome is an evenly cooked roast that is very juice. My mouth is watering just writing about it!
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 6 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 four-pound boneless leg of lamb
- coarse salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- GARNISH: Several fresh rosemary sprigs
- Line a 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking sheet with foil.
- Combine the oil, mustard, rosemary and garlic in a small bowl.
- Roll and tie the roast with butcher twine, or ask your butcher to do it for you.
- Generously season the roast all over with salt and pepper.
- Heat a skillet large enough to hold the roast over medium-high heat. Pour in the oil and swirl across the bottom. Lay the fatty side of the lamb on the bottom of the pan and sear for 3 minutes.
- Turn one quarter and sear 3 minutes, repeat 2 more times with a quarter turn each.
- Place a good dollop of the marinade on the lined baking sheet and then place the lamb, fatty side up, on the marinade. Scoop the remaining marinade on top of the roast and spread all over the remaining 3 sides.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Bring the lamb out of the refrigerator about 2 hours before roasting. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F about 15 minutes before cooking.
- Place in the oven and roast for 1½ hours for medium rare. Use a thermometer to check internal temps.
- Let rest for 10-20 minutes. Tent with foil if the weather is cool.
- Slice, place on a warm platter and garnish with rosemary sprigs.