One of my favorite Sunday Roasts Growing Up
My wife and I prepared this meal for her brother and his son while they were visiting us in Park City. East coasters this time.
After a great day of skiing, this was an easy meal to prepare with time in the hot tub while it was roasting. My wife came up with the idea to marinate our boneless short leg of lamb all day in yogurt and fresh rosemary. It turned out great.
We served it with grilled polenta slices, roasted acorn squash, and a salad of mixed greens. I believe we served a Rosemont Estate Shiraz/Cabernet from Australia.
It also made great leftovers for lunch the next day.
Roast Leg of Lamb
- 1 boneless short leg of lamb rolled & tied (about 4 lb.)
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary chopped
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- salt & pepper
- ½ cup red wine
- Chop the rosemary and roll and tie the boneless leg of lamb unless you have your butcher do it for you.
- Combine lamb, yogurt and rosemary in a large bowl and let marinate covered in the refrigerator.
- Just prior to cooking, preheat oven to 475°F.
- Remove lamb from marinade, season with salt and pepper, and place in your roasting pan.
- Place roasting pan on your oven's middle rack, and cook for 10 minutes at 475°F.
- Reduce heat to 400°F and continue cooking for another 40 minutes or until the roast reaches an internal temperature between 140°F - 150°F depending how you like it.
Deglaze Pan and Make the Gravy
- Remove roast from pan and place on platter. Cover with tin foil to keep warm.
- Tilt the pan to one side and spoon off the excess fat.
- Place the roasting pan over medium heat, add wine, and bring to a boil.
- Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the brown pieces stuck to it.
- Reduce the liquid by half and add any juices accumulated on the platter holding the roast.
- If so desired, add a tab of butter for a little more richness.
- Cut the lamb into ¾ inch slices, plate with side dishes and serve with gravy on the side.