Roast Leg of Lamb With Mint Sauce

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe With Pictures Photo copyright © Michael Jensen, From Like Grandma Used to Make

Quick look

  • prep 15 min    cook 1.5 hrs
  • serves 12-14

New England grandmas served lamb the English way—with a refreshingly cool mint sauce. If you don’t have fresh mint, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of dried mint.


  • 1 whole leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds), fell removed and trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion or onion juice
  • 1 cup mint jelly
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

    How to make it  1 hour, 45minutes

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut about 18 small slits randomly in the meat. Insert the mint into the slits. Rub the surface of the meat with lemon juice. Sprinkle with the parsley and onion. Pat into the meat.

  • 2

    Place the meat, fat side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert a roasting thermometer in the center of the thickest portion without touching bone. Roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until thermometer registers 140°F. for medium-rare or for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until 155°F. for medium. Cover the meat with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

  • 3

    Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the mint jelly, cornstarch, and lemon rind. Stir in apple juice. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more or until jelly melts and mixture is thickened. Serve with the meat.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 248
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 79mg
  • Sodium: 70mg
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fiber: 0g

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.