Butterflied leg of spring lamb with mint pesto

Butterflied leg of spring lamb with mint pesto
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Takes 10 min to make, 1½ hours to cook

For a twist on tradition, make this roast lamb stuffed with mint pesto for Easter lunch (or a springtime Sunday roast). The pesto flavours the meat and keeps it succulent. Make homemade pesto to make your roast lamb extra special.

Alternatively, try this roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic pesto.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
587kcals
Fat
34.4g (12.1g saturated)
Protein
68.4g
Carbohydrates
0.6g
Salt
0.9g
Calories
587kcals
Fat
34.4g (12.1g saturated)
Protein
68.4g
Carbohydrates
0.6g
Salt
0.9g

Ingredients

  • 2kg butterflied leg of spring lamb
  • 3 tbsp mint pesto (use the Classic basil pesto recipe, using mint instead of the basil)
  • 6 anchovy fillets, each cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Lay out the leg of lamb, inside up, on a chopping board and spread the pesto all over the inside. Roll up and tie with string to secure.
  2. Put the lamb in a roasting tin and make 18 incisions all over it with a sharp knife. Insert a piece of anchovy into each incision. Drizzle the olive oil over the lamb and season with black pepper.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours for slightly pink lamb, and longer if you prefer it well cooked. Rest the lamb for 15 minutes, then serve.

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