Citrus roast lamb is a very fresh and refreshing flavour combination. It will make a delicious Sunday roast for all the family or a tasty dinner with friends.   It is easy to adjust for a larger table of diners using a whole leg of lamb instead of a half.

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Citrus Roast Lamb Ingredients

900g-1.3kg lamb half leg joint
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
60ml/4tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
Grated zest of 2 oranges (reserve oranges)
2 lemons, sliced
45ml/3tbsp dry white wine (or white grape juice)

Citrus Roast Lamb Cooking Method

Preparation time will be about 10 minutes allow a further 1 hour 40 minutes cooking time. The quantities below will feed 4 people.

Remove the meat from the fridge and allow it to come up to room temperature. Preheat your oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

Place the joint on a large chopping board.  With a sharp pointed knife make several incisions evenly over the joint and season well with salt and pepper on both sides. Rub the thyme and orange zest all over the surface of the lamb and massage well into the slits.

Slice the oranges and place in a large non-stick roasting tin with the lemon slices and put the joint on top.  Open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time (See below), basting occasionally with any meat juices.  Cover with foil if the meat is browning too quickly.

30 minutes before the end of the cooking time pour the wine or white grape juice over the lamb and return to the oven for the remaining cooking time.

Allow the meat to rest in a warm place for 15 minutes before carving then serve with some vegetables such as fennel and roasted white and sweet potatoes.

Lamb Roasting Times

To Cook Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

To Cook Well Done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes

This citrus roast lamb recipe comes from Simply Beef & Lamb pay them a visit for more meaty recipes