Not just for Easter!


  • 3kg (6½lb) leg of lamb, preferably at room temperature
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tblsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp ground salt
  • 1 tblsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tblsp rapeseed oil
  • Wilted spinach with garlic, steamed baby new potatoes tossed in chopped fresh mixed herbs (mint, chives and flat-leaf parsley) and spiced red currant compote, to serve
  • For the Spiced Red Currant Compote:
  • 75g (3oz) sugar
  • Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed into tiny pieces or 1 tsp ground
  • 200g (7oz) red currants, removed from stalks
  • Good splash ruby red port


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F), Gas mark 7. Remove as much of the surface fat as practical from the lamb. Mix the garlic and dried rosemary with the salt and pepper and rapeseed oil; then rub all over the leg of lamb.
  • Put the smeared lamb on a rack in a roasting tin (you might line the tin first with tin foil to make for an easier clean up). Roast for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4 and roast for another 1½ hours until cooked through and tender but still slightly pink. If in doubt, check the internal temperature of the lamb with an instant-read thermometer. Continue to check every 10 minutes; when it reaches 130F for medium rare (125F for very rare in its thickest part (check it in several places), it's done.
  • Transfer the leg of lamb to a carving platter and cover loosely with foil, then leave to rest in a warm place for 15-20 minutes to allow the juices to settle. Carve into slices and arrange on warmed plates
  • Carve the lamb into slices and arrange on warmed serving plates with the new potatoes and a spoonful of the red currant compote. Add some spinach to each plate to serve.
  • For the Spiced Red Currant Compote, place the sugar in a small, heavy-based pan with two tablespoons of water. Cook over a gentle heat for a couple of minutes, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Increase the heat, bring to the boil and add the chilli and cinnamon, then boil fast for 1 minute. Add the red currants with the port, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the berries are starting to soften but are still holding their shape. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for a few minutes so that the flavours can combine.

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