Roast Leg of Lamb - French Cooking at Home

"Very herby and succulent with garlic and lemon and the added bonus of "dripped-on" golden-brown potato slices. From the BBC Food program 'French Cooking at Home'. Cooking time stated is approximate as it depends on the size of the joint and your preferred 'doneness'."
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • Pre-heat oven to 500°F.
  • Use an oven pan while you are preparing the joint (you will remove the joint from the pan when you place it in the oven).
  • Pierce leg all over and insert slivers of garlic.
  • Mix lemon juice, salt and pepper, and olive oil and wipe all over the joint (use your hands).
  • Pat the herbs all over the joint forming a 'crust'.
  • Lay potato slices in another oven pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Toss around (again, using your hands is easier) to ensure the slices are well coated, and pour over the beef stock.
  • Place uncovered joint directly onto the oven shelf/grid, with the oven pan of potates below, i.e. allowing lamb juices to drip down into the potatoes.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 325°F.
  • Total roasting time will depend on the size of the joint as follows:

  • Medium-rare : 20-25 minutes per pound plus an additional 20 minutes;.
  • Well-done : 25-30 minutes per pound plus an additional 25 minutes.
  • Notes re Herbs de Provence - a mixture of dried herbs - there is a recipe here on Zaar (Recipe #18565); although many make their own blends, leaving out the lavendar and/or adding marjoram, for example.

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