How to make it

  • This method is for roasting a lean joint of meat.
  • Take the meat out of the fridge an hour or so before cooking.
  • Preheat the oven to Gas 8/230C/450F.
  • Unwrap, wash and dry the meat thoroughly.
  • Place on a rack in a roasting tin.
  • Rub with olive oil.
  • Give it a good sprinkling of herbs and seasoning.
  • Insert a meat thermometer so that the point is in the middle of the thickest part of the thigh.
  • For medium-rare doneness (a bit pink in the middle), the final internal temperature should read 65C/150F, so set the thermometer alarm for 60C/140F (the internal temperature will continue to rise after the meat is taken out of the oven).
  • Put in the hot oven and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Then turn the oven down to between Gas 4 & 5/185C/365(approx.)F and continue to roast. A joint this size will take roughly 1 3/4 - 2 hours, about 25 minutes to the lb. in total.
  • Make the mint sauce:
  • Combine the chopped mint leaves, sugar, vinegar, boiling water and salt together in a bowl and mix well.
  • When the thermometer says 60C/140F, take the meat out, transfer to a carving tray and cover tightly with tin foil.
  • Let it 'rest' for about 20 minutes before carving.
  • Pour a little boiling water into the tin and scrape up all the juices and bits with a spatula. Stir vigorously.
  • Pour the liquid into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Add a couple of teaspoons of ready-prepared gravy mix in to thicken and season the gravy.
  • When the gravy has thickened and reduced a little, remove from the heat.
  • Carve the meat. (This looks really impressive if you do it at the table!!)
  • Serve with boiled potatoes in butter and snipped chives, and other veg of your choice. Pass the mint sauce....
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    " It was excellent "
    pszczolamurray ate it and said...
    very very very nice, lamb is my fav meat for roasting.
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  • mbeards2 10 years ago
    Delicious and the instructions/photos are wonderful.
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    " It was excellent "
    quaziefly ate it and said...
    One of our favorite meals!

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