Grandma's leg of lamb

Whether it's Christmas or Easter, Grandma's leg of lamb is always a crowd pleaser. Recreate it using our tried and tested recipe.

  • Serves 6
  • Prep Time 30 mins
  • Cooking Time 5hrs
Grandma's leg of lamb


  • Serves 6
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  1. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, anchovies, capers, dried herbs and lemon zest. Season very well with salt and pepper. Rub into lamb and leave to marinate covered in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Place lemon halves and garlic cloves in a large roasting dish and place lamb on top along with any marinade. Pour in stock and cover with a sheet of baking paper, then a layer of foil. Roast for 4.5 hours, basting every hour or so and topping up with extra stock or water if needed.
  3. Peel and very thinly slice the potatoes (with a mandoline, if you have one). Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium low heat and cook the onions for 15mins or until soft and lightly caramelised.
  4. In a baking dish (approx. 2L capacity) add a tablespoon of the onion, followed by 2 layers of potatoes. Repeat with remaining onion and potato. Top with thyme leaves, season with salt and pepper. Pour over hot stock. Cover foil and place in the oven after the lamb has been cooking for 3.5 hours.
  5. After 4.5 hours, increase heat to 200C and remove lamb from the oven and add semi dried tomatoes and olives to the dish, drizzle lamb with honey. Remove the foil from the potatoes and top with the butter. Place lamb and potatoes back into oven and cook a further 30 mins until golden. 6. Serve the lamb drizzled with pan juices, with the potatoes topped with some garlic cloves squeezed out of their skins from the lamb, salad, flatbread and mint chutney.