About this recipe:Whether it's spring or not, treat yourself to lamb! A small leg serves 6 and is surprisingly low in fat. The crowning jewel of a fresh mint sauce simmers up in seconds, yet tastes as if it took much more time.
For the sauce
200g (7oz) mint jelly
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
For the lamb
1 boneless leg of lamb, well trimmed, about 1kg (2¼lb)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
pepper to taste
1 large lemon, halved
150ml (5fl oz) dry white wine or low-sodium chicken stock
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Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Lightly coat a roasting tin with cooking spray or a teaspoon of olive oil. Combine the mint jelly, lemon juice and fresh mint in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the jelly melts. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, slash the lamb in half horizontally, cutting three-quarters of the way through. Open and spread flat like a book. Put the meat between two pieces of cling film and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin to about 2.5cm (1in) thickness.
Brush about 2 tablespoons of the mint sauce over the lamb, then sprinkle with the garlic, rosemary and pepper. Squeeze the juice from one lemon half over the lamb. Roll up the lamb from one wide side and tie with kitchen string, in both directions. Transfer to the roasting tin, seam-side down. Squeeze the remaining lemon half over the lamb and pour on the wine.
Roast for about 50 minutes or until cooked to your taste. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, reheat the remaining mint sauce. Remove the strings from the lamb and cut into 1cm (½in) slices. Serve with the mint sauce.
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Some more ideas
*Although lamb and mint sauce is a traditional pairing, you can prepare a 1kg (2¼lb) joint of lean boneless beef or pork in the same way. *Serve this dish with steamed asparagus and roast new potatoes.
Lamb is a rich-tasting meat. Over the years it has become much leaner due to consumer demand for less fatty meats. While still not as lean as pork or poultry are, lamb is very flavourful and so can often be served in smaller portions.