Jamie Oliver shares ‘perfect’ leg of lamb recipe ‘to guarantee juiciness & flavour’

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British chef Jamie Oliver regularly shares cooking tips and tricks with his fans, including how to make a delicious Sunday roast dinner. There are many components to the classic meal, but central to it is the meat. This can be anything, but many Britons opt for lamb.

Calling the recipe the “perfect roast leg of lamb with rosemary, garlic, and anchovies”, Jamie shared the best and easiest way to cook lamb on his website.

The chef wrote: “A perfectly roasted leg of lamb is a beautiful thing and here I want to guide you through the preparing, roasting and resting of this incredible joint of meat that will guarantee juiciness and flavour.

“There are many ways to flavour roast lamb, but I’m going old-school with garlic and rosemary, which I love. Trust me on the anchovies, it really works.”

The leg serves eight to ten people and cooks in two hours and 20 minutes.


Two sticks of celery

Two carrots

Two onions

Two bay leaves

One large leg of higher-welfare lamb (2.4kg)

Olive oil

Half a bunch of fresh rosemary (15g)

Four cloves of garlic

Red wine vinegar

Nine anchovy fillets, optional

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Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark seven.

Roughly chop the celery, carrots and onions, throwing into a large roasting tray as you go, with the bay leaves.

With a sharp, pointed knife, follow the lamb bone down about 10cm to 12cm (you are just making a ‘tunnel’ where you are cutting the meat away from the bone).

Do this from the top end and the bottom end.

Pierce the skin at an angle with a sharp pointed knife six or eight times at random around the leg, then open up the incisions by poking your fingers down them to make a bit of space.

Rub the lamb all over with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

Strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs and peel and finely slice the garlic, then toss in a little drizzle of olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar.

Push a little rosemary, a couple of slices of garlic and an anchovy fillet (if using) into each hole, adding any leftovers and a good splash of water to the trivet tray with the veg.

Place the lamb directly on the bars of the middle shelf of the oven, and place the tray on the shelf beneath.

Turn the oven down to 180°C/350°F/gas mark four and cook to your liking.

For medium cooked lamb, Jamie recommended cooking for an hour and 10 minutes with 30 minutes resting.

You want an internal temperature of 62°C.

For medium to well done, cook for an hour and 20 minutes with 30 minutes resting.

You need to reach an internal temperature of 73°C.

For meat that has no trace of pink, cook for two hours and 15 minutes with 30 minutes resting.

You want an internal temperature of 83°C.

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