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Old-fashioned roast lamb and gravy

By February 9, 2022March 11th, 2022Lamb, Recipes, Roasts

Serves 6-8

Prep time | 5 minutes
Cooking time | 1.5 hours

Roast Lamb | I’m going back to basics with this one – a traditional leg of lamb with gravy. Just the way Nan used to make it!


• 2.5kg lamb leg
• 3 cloves garlic, sliced lengthways
• 2 rosemary branches, leaves removed
• salt and pepper
• 1 lemon, zested

old-fashioned gravy

• 1/4 cup flour
• up to 2 cups beef stock
• salt and pepper, as required

 Method | lamb

1. Preheat oven to 180°C

2. With a small sharp knife, pierce the lamb every 3cm or so. Stuff each incision with a slice of garlic and a few rosemary leaves. Sprinkle the roast with extra virgin olive oil, salt, ground black pepper and lemon zest.

3. Roast for 1 ¼-1 ½ hours for medium lamb. Remove from the oven and rest in the pan under foil for half an hour.

 Cook’s note

A rule of thumb for lamb is 15 minutes, then 15 minutes per 500g. Drain some, but not all, of the fat and use the pan juices to make the gravy (recipe below).

 Method | gravy

1. After the roast has rested, remove it to the carving board and leave it under foil.

2. Stir the flour into the pan juices, ensuring there are no lumps.

3. Place the pan over a medium heat and introduce the beef stock little by little. Bring to the boil.

4. Taste and season. Pour into a serving jug.

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