Holiday Leg of Lamb

  • Recipe By
  • Published Feb 4th
  • Ready In3h 30m
  • Servings10
  • Calories524
This leg of lamb is succulent and aromatic, a favorite of my family at Christmas time.

Holiday Leg of Lamb Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Holiday Leg of Lamb for 10 servings:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 5 pounds whole leg of lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 orange peel, cut into slivers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, or to taste

Holiday Leg of Lamb Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook3h
  • Ready In3h 30m

To cook Holiday Leg of Lamb, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Holiday Leg of Lamb is about 3 hours , and you can serve your Holiday Leg of Lamb within 3 hours 30 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Holiday Leg of Lamb easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. 2 In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, seasoned salt, marjoram, mustard and cardamom. Rub spice mixture over lamb. Cut 16 deep slits into roast. Insert thyme and a sliver of orange peel into each slit. Place lamb fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer in center of thickest portion of meat.
  3. 3 Roast lamb in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Meat is medium done when a meat thermometer registers 175 degrees F. and is well done at 180 degrees F.
  4. 4 Remove meat thermometer. Place roast on a warm serving platter. Put a paper frill around end of leg bone and garnish platter with fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 524 calories; 38.8 grams of fat; 0.4 grams of carbohydrates; 40.7 grams of protein; 156 milligrams of cholesterol; 451 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jan 12th 2011

    very easy and tasty lamb to make! I didn't have seasoned salt but it still turned out to have a very flavorful taste. I added dried thyme to the spice rub on top and stuff the lamb with fres ...

  2. Jan 5th 2011

    I made this, as is, for our New Years Party and everyone loved it!! A few of our guests even said they were worried because they've had bad lamb in the past, but went back for seconds; even ...

  3. Nov 16th 2009

    This was my first time ever making leg of lamb!! Great turn out, even my finiky eater liked it. I prepared it Sat and cooked it Sunday, my family loved it. Now they want it for Thanksgivin ...

  4. Nov 7th 2008

    I don't know if it was the lack of orange peel (I had run out) or whether the lamb was a strong cut...this was not my family's favorite. We ate it because it was food I had prepared, but no ...

  5. Mar 24th 2008

    Great recipe! I served it yesterday for Easter dinner with Chutney With Mint (from this site). I did all the prep work on Saturday and let it marinate in a zip lock bag overnight - that way, ...

  6. Mar 23rd 2008

    Great recipe for Easter Dinner, we really enjoyed it. Only comment I would make is 175 is somewhat overdone. However it was still moist and delicious. Next time I will go for Medium Rare.

  7. Mar 14th 2008

    This was a lovely recipe which went down a treat with all the family - even those who said they didn't like lamb. I didn't change the recipe very much except to insert a couple of cardamom s ...

  8. May 28th 2006

    Really tasty rub- I used it overnight, and the flavor was just wonderful. I'm going to use it anytime I make lamb.

  9. Apr 25th 2003

    Only ate lamb once before,didn't like it .My husband said he did so I agreed to try again found this recipe tried it. Loved it and so did my husband. Thanks can now add more varity to meals.