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Garlic Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb

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This garlic rosemary roast leg of lamb is the perfect alternative Thanksgiving dinner. Full of garlic and fresh herb flavor and roasted to perfection. Great when served alone or piled high on flat bread with homemade tzatziki sauce. 

This post is sponsored by the American Lamb Board and Flatout Bread. All opinions are my own.

Now, I know lamb isn’t traditionally Thanksgiving food BUT I’m here to tell you it totally can be. I’m a big fan of turkey (especially my adobo butter turkey or my herbed mayonnaise roast turkey) and really only get the fresh roast stuff on Thanksgiving. BUTBUTBUT roast lamb is pretty freaking spectacular and is a great option for all those “I ONLY EAT RED MEAT!” lovers in your life. You have those people in your family, right? In my case, those family members not only love red meat they also love all things garlic and all things fresh herbs. Soooooo lucky for them I decided to make my friends and family a little friendsgiving lamb feast. I also threw in some green beans, roasted butter potatoes, red wine, fresh tzatziki and some flatbread.

LET THE FEAST BEGIN!

It’s ok if you’re sitting there thinking “ummmmmm I’ve never made lamb before and it looks intimidating.” I get that feeling but I promise it’s easy peasy. I made a delicious rub out of chopped rosemary, mint, garlic, olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Then I took that rub and covered this delicious hunk of meat all over. I also put extra garlic cloves and rosemary in the pan I cooked the roast in because OMG THAT GARLIC SMELL!

Simply put this garlic rosemary roast leg of lamb is delicious on its own but it’s also pretty delicious when loaded up on flatbread and smothered in tzatziki sauce. Sweet baby J YES!

Now, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. It’s about giving thanks for all the things we have. That’s why I paired up with the American Lamb Board and Flatout bread to help raise money for hungry kids this season. During the month of November they will be donating $1 for Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry for any of the following:

Looking for more delicious lamb recipes? Greek topped hummus, grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto, lamb meatball couscous soup, Moroccan lamb couscous, lamb bolognese or my grilled marinated lamb.

Garlic Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb

This garlic rosemary roast leg of lamb is the perfect alternative Thanksgiving dinner. Full of garlic and fresh herb flavor and roasted to perfection. Great when served alone or piled high on flat bread with homemade tzatziki sauce.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 6 pound boneless leg of lamb
  • 6 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced mint
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Add your leg of lamb to a roasting dish or large cast iron skillet for roasting.

In a small bowl add garlic, olive oil, minced rosemary, minced mint, kosher salt and cracked pepper. Mix together till combined.

Rub the herb mixture all over the leg of lamb coating all sides. Add your extra garlic and rosemary around the sides of the lamb.

Add lamb to the oven and roast for about 15 minutes per pound. For a 6 pound roast I roasted my leg of lamb 90 minutes.

Let the leg of lamb rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.