Roast leg of lamb and potatoes (Greek style).. the quick and easy way!

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  1. NIP007

    NIP007 Member

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    I make this all the time, it's so easy to prepare and always turns out great.

    Ingredients:

    - 2kg leg of lamb on the bone (I like my meat on the bone).
    - About a dozen mid sized potatoes.
    - 2 lemons.
    - Salt, pepper, oregano (or whatever dry herb you like).
    - Garlic.
    - 1 cup olive oil.
    - 1 cup water.

    Method:

    - Pre-heat oven to 180c.
    - Wash the meat and pat dry with paper towels.
    - Peel the potatoes (sometimes I don't) and cut into smaller pieces for faster cooking.
    - Layer the potatoes on the bottom of a roast pan.
    - Place lamb leg on top of the potatoes.
    - Peel garlic, make small incisions in the meat at random intervals and insert the garlic.
    - Pour the juice of one lemon over the meat.
    - Season with salt, pepper and oregano.
    - Pour half the olive oil over the meat.
    - Poor the rest of the oil, water, and the juice of the remaining lemon to the side of the tray so the potatoes are sitting in the liquid.
    - Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.

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    Place in the oven and cook for approximately two hours (for medium-medium rare), regularly basting the meat with the juices. If you want you can cover the meat with aluminum foil for the first 1-1.5 hours to keep more of the juices in. After a couple of hours it should look like this :)

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    Let the meat rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Wopa!

    There's all different variations for cooking time etc... this is the quick way. If you wanted to you could even slow cook it throughout the day at a lower heat.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  2. JebusJones

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    Pretty much the same way I do my lamb except use variety of vegetables (use that pumpkin!) and tend to rub with mixed herbs instead.
     
  3. C4ndl3s

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    Pretty much the same as mine, but I like to de-bone the leg of lamb first.

    Also I'll cook everything in it's own tray/dish

    Lamb by itself, raised off baking dish and basted occasionally with drippings.

    Vege's by themselves.

    Potatoes by themselves for super crunchy potatoes.

    After the lamb is done, I take the tray of dripping out onto the stove. Take teh garlic from the lamb and crush it into the drippings then add flour and chicken stock for gravy.
     
  4. atech

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    The only similarities i see between yours and the OP's is the leg of lamb - and even that is questionable...

    OP - nice recipe, just what i was after :)
     
  5. Gorketh

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    I've cooked this twice this week. The roast potatoes are the best I've had.
     
  6. Fresh79

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    Gonna do this for the first time tonight. When rubbing herbs into the lamb, how much is too much? If I put carrots & pumpkin in with the potatoes do they need the same cooking time as the lamb & potatoes?

    Ta
     
  7. miicah

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    Roast is possibly the easiest thing to do, the only real work is in the prep.

    Plus you get to learn how to make PROPER delicious gravy.
     
  8. Shaetano

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    can't really go wrong with the herbs, you should have a good spread like the OP's first picture

    most recipes will say put the pumpkin and potatoes in at the same time however I've always found the potatoes need an extra 10-15 mins.

    Speaking of lamb, I did a honey & mustard seed marinated lamb roast (with slits of rosemary & garlic) the other week, turned out pretty good.

    Still trying to get used to this oven, has a weird heat zone so potatoes didn't turn out as good as they should have, but can't complain much when you're renting!

    Crappy phone picture (wasn't as red as that)

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  9. Fresh79

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    Looks good!

    How long to cook a 1.2kg leg of lamb?

    EDIT>>Bout 75 mins?
     
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