Greek lamb

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Serves: 8

By gumblossom

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  • 1 large lemon or 2 small ones

  • 2kg leg of lamb

  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped

  • 6 sprigs oregano

  • 1kg potatoes peeled and quartered lengthways

  • 1 tsp thyme chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to slow (150C).
  2. Make 12 small cuts in the lamb with a sharp knife. Press the garlic and oregano into the cuts. Rub lamb with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Remove the lemon rind in long strips with, to use to add flavour as a zester. Squeeze the lemon juice (you'll need 80ml or 1/3 cup).
  4. Place the lamb in a large baking dish upside down, and pour lemon juice over the joint. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake in a slow oven for 2 hours.
  5. After time has passed, turn lamb the lamb around 180 degrees and baste. Cover and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  6. Add potatoes to the roasting dish, and sprinkle with thyme. Cook for a further hour and 45 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and cook, uncovered for 15 minutes or until browned (check the lamb, as you don't want to dry it out from overcooking).
  8. Stand the lamb for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Handy Hint

This is scrumptious! Very tender and full of flavour. Very nice with a big green salad.

Additional Information

  • Kids can help

  • greek

  • lamb

  • Meat

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • VFemme 19/09/10 11:23

    We cooked this tonight. Absolutely gorgeous! Loved the garlicky lemoniness. We'll have leftovers for days (only 3 of us!) Thanks gumblossom!

  • Ponders 17/09/10 21:21

    recipe says to chop the garlic, Anon (I'm a bit ahead of you, I bought the lamb today to make it this weekend!) so I guess you shove bits of garlic into all the slits.

  • 17/09/10 17:50

    Sounds wonderful and I will definitely make it soon :) Just a quick question - 12 slits but (3 garlic cloves + 6 sprigs of oregano) = 9. Do you cut the cloves in half or just leave some slits free? Thank you!

  • gumblossom 04/06/10 09:48

    You really should try this, it was just SOOO yummy and so easy to make.A great one to impress guests, but also a wonderful family dinner.