Roast leg of lamb 'aunty Soss's way' with spiced parsnips, carrots and crispy roast potatoes


As the title suggests, this lamb recipe is based on a dish Anna Hansen's Aunty Soss used to make for her. The flavours at play are timeless and the finished dish makes a great Sunday lunch option. For an extra touch, Hansen recommends adding a handful of polenta to the potato coating. For more advice on cooking this cut, visit our how to cook a leg of lamb page.

First published in 2015




Leg of lamb






To prepare the lamb, trim away any excess fat and membrane from the lamb, and with a sharp knife pierce the flesh all over
Combine all of the marinade ingredients together and rub all over the lamb, working it into any crevices and the pierced flesh. Place in a large food bag and leave to marinade in the fridge
Preheat the oven to 225°C/gas mark 7. Roughly chop the carrot, celery, onion and garlic and place in a large roasting tin, spreading out evenly to create a bed for the lamb
Place the lamb onto the vegetables and add the wine and a slosh of water to the pan. Roast for 20 minutes then reduce the temperature to 180°C/gas mark 4. Roast for a further 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how pink you like your lamb, making sure to baste the lamb occasionally with pan juices
  • 250ml of white wine
Meanwhile, prepare the other vegetables. Par-boil the potatoes and then drain in a colander. Toss the potatoes around a little to fluff-up the outsides
Place the potatoes into a roasting tin and sprinkle over the onion seeds, Urfa flakes, rosemary, garlic and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Pour in enough olive oil to coat thoroughly and mix well with your hands
Place the carrots in a roasting dish and add the other ingredients, ensuring they are well coated. Place the carrots and potatoes in the oven with the lamb, they will take about 35 minutes (though the potatoes may take a little less time, so keep checking). Make sure you turn them over occasionally to ensure an even, golden brown finish
Mix the parsnips with the other ingredients and place on a baking tray. Roast until cooked - approximately 25 minutes
Once the lamb is cooked to the desired pinkness, remove from the oven and leave to rest somewhere warm for approximately 15 minutes, covered loosely in tin foil. Strain the pan juices into a jug - skimming away the excess fat - to use as gravy
Slice the lamb and serve onto plates with the roasted vegetables. Drizzle with the pan juices and serve immediately
First published in 2015

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