Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb Recipe

Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb Recipe

Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb Recipe

This Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb recipe is a very easy and flavorful recipe. The total cooking time is roughly 2-hours, and it produces very tender lamb that is accentuated by the garlic and rosemary.


1 7-pound semi-boneless leg of lamb.
4 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup dry red wine


1. Trim the fat on the lamb, leaving 1/4″.
2. Pat the lamb dry with paper towels and score the fat by making shallow cuts with the tip of a sharp knife.
3. Use a mortar and pestle and pound the garlic and salt to a paste.
4. Stir in rosemary and pepper.
5. Put lamb in a lightly oiled roasting pan.
6. Rub the paste all over the lamb and let is stand at room temperature for 30-minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
8. Roast lamb in oven until a thermometer registers 130 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 1.5 hours to 1 hour 45 minutes.)
9. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let it rest for 15-25 minutes (the internal temperature will rise to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare.)
10. Add the wine to the pan and deglaze by boiling over moderately high heat for 1-minute (ensuring to scrape up brown bits.)
11. Season pan juices with salt and pepper and serve with the lamb.

Wine Pairings:

We preface all of our wine pairing suggestions by letting you know that it’s really a matter of personal taste. While we do offer our opinions and why we selected a specific varietal, there is no right or wrong answer when pairing a wine with your dinner.

Pinot Noir Wine

This Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb recipe is very robust and flavorful. Given the fact that lamb can be rich, I would pair it with a nice light Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir wines are generally lighter red wines without much oak. I feel that the dark cherry, unoaked flavors of a Pinot Noir would compliment the bold flavors of the lamb, garlic and rosemary. Follow the link to our wine review site to find our favorite Pinot Noir

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