Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 10 mins
The vegetables are caramelized with all the flavors of the meat in this wonderful dish.
- 12 cloves garlic
- 1 (2 1/2 lb) leg of lamb
- 12 small fresh rosemary
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 shallots, peeled
- 2 lbs potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 1⁄2 lbs parsnips, cut into large chunks
- 1 1⁄2 lbs carrots, cut into chunks
- 1 1⁄4 cups red wine
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 2 cups lamb stock or 2 cups beef stock
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- fresh rosemary (to garnish)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel 3 of the garlic cloves and slice; make slits all over the meat and insert slices of garlic and small sprigs of rosemary; season well with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole or roasting pan and add the shallots; cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to turn golden.
- Add the potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and remaining unpeeled cloves of garlic; stir to coat in the oil; season with salt and pepper.
- Place the lamb on top and pour half of the red wine on the lamb.
- Cover the pan well and bake for 1 hour, basting occasionally with any pan juices.
- Combine the honey and soy sauce thoroughly; after the first hour of cooking, pour the honey mnixture over the lamb and baste.
- Return the lamb to the oven and bake, uncovered for 1-1 1/2 hours more or until the meat is cooked and the vegetables are tender, basting the meat and vegetables occasionally.
- Remove the roast and the vegetables from the pan and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving, but keep the vegetables warm.
- Place the cooking pan on the stove, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Blend in the stock and remaining wine; bring to a boil and adjust the seasoning.
- Place roast on platter with vegetables, garnished with rosemary sprigs, if desired.
I give this lamb pot roast recipe a 5 and my DH a measly 3, so I have to put my review at a 4. I loved the texture of the finished roast...nice and tender, yet not the soft, mushy meat that sometimes happens with a pot roast. However, my DH thought it should have been more tender...so go figure. We both enjoyed the accompanying vegetables, especially the parsnips which paired nicely with the lamb, as well as the rich, rich gravy full of garlic and melted onions. I highly recommend this dish for most people who enjoy a lamb roast with lots of flavor, and who have the time to prepare it, since the basting does require your attention.
This was a wonderful way to prepare lamb for people like my husband who wasn't sure if he'd like it or not. The glaze combined with the garlic and rosemary were a divine taste not to mention the wonderful roasting aroma! The wine "gravy" was to- die-for and the roasted veggies were just right. The only problem I had was the amount indicated for the number of servings. I'm not used to preparing lamb...it was my first, so I bought a 3 and 1/2 lb leg of lamb and only fed about 5 people off of it (with no leftovers!). Next time, I'll get a larger roast. Thanks for sharing, Sue. It was a great Easter recipe.