Filipino Roast Leg of Lamb With Sarsa

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

This recipe is from Homemakers magazine's Easter edition. While lamb is not popular in the Philippines, its cousin, the goat's kid is considered a delicacy particularly in the south. It has a milder and more delicate flavour than spring lamb. Sarsa means sauce or salsa in Filipino and it is commonly served with grilled meats particularly the lechon, a suckling pig roasted in spit fire.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lamb:.
  2. Trim fat from lamb. Cut slits all over lamb; insert garlic slivers in each. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Lay bay leaves in centre of roasting pan; place lamb on top. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of lime juice.
  3. Roast in 400°F oven for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325°F Whisk together the remaining lime juice and oil; spoon over lamb. Baste with pan juices for 15 minutes until lamb reaches desired doneness, about 1 hour for medium rare or internal temperature of 150°F.
  4. Sarsa:.
  5. In a small skillet, toast rice over medium heat until nutty brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Place in spice grinder or blender and process into fine powder. Transfer to bowl; set aside. Add oil to skillet; increase heat to medium- high. Add shallots and garlic sauté until lightly browned. Add liver; sauté until seared. Reduce heat to low; add paprika,turmeric, pepper, cayenne and cloves. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add stock and bring to a boil; remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Scrape mixture into blender; puree and transfer to saucepan. Stir in soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and 1/2 cup water; add bay leaf. Bring to a simmer; stir in the rice powder. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until thick and smooth, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and transfer to a bowl.
  7. Carve lamb; serve with sarsa.
Most Helpful

This turned out very good. The lamb wasn't much different than regular roast lamb but I love lamb any way it's made. The Sarsa was a fancy addition and wasn't as complicated as it seemed it was going to be. I had to resort to chicken livers. I didn't know how much 90 grams was so I bought 2 containers which ended up only being about 75 grams on my scale...So it's probably just over 2 lbs of liver? Anyhow the Sarsa turned out like a nice pate and was interesting with the lamb but I liked it better with rice. Also the instructions didn't say what to do with the olive oil for the lamb. I mixed it with the lime juice and poured it over the lamb. Thanks for the recipe.

Engrossed December 06, 2006