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Roast Leg of Lamb with Orange Juice and White Wine


"The marinade creates the most intense and flavorful lamb you will ever eat. This lamb is moist and has a 'softer' flavor compared to your typical rosemary-and-garlic lamb. The marinade sounds a bit different and odd, but take a chance on it. You'll experience a succulent, tender lamb in a way you never thought possible."
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10 h 20 m servings 383 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings

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  1. Place orange juice, white wine, olive oil, garlic, fresh thyme and rosemary, and pepper into a blender; mix. Pour into a large, resealable plastic bag, and add the lamb. Coat meat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove the lamb from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before roasting. Pat dry with a paper towel. Generously salt and pepper both sides of the meat.
  3. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Arrange two racks in the oven - a middle rack to hold the lamb, and a lower rack to hold a roasting pan to catch the drippings. Place the empty roasting pan in the oven while the oven is preheating.
  4. Arrange meat directly on middle rack, fattiest side up so while the lamb cooks the fat will melt into the meat. Position roasting pan underneath meat to catch the drippings. Roast for 30 minutes, and then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads between 130 to 135 degrees F (54 to 57 degrees C), about 10 to 12 minutes per pound. Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 383 calories; 25.1 g fat; 2.5 g carbohydrates; 30.6 g protein; 111 mg cholesterol; 313 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  1. 13 Ratings

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I served this on Mother's Day with cheesy vegetables and mashed potatoes. I did alter the cooking and marinating method. I didn't have a bag to marinade the leg in so I did it in a shallow glass...

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ok must not be a lamb fan.

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I served this on Mother's Day with cheesy vegetables and mashed potatoes. I did alter the cooking and marinating method. I didn't have a bag to marinade the leg in so I did it in a shallow glass...

I recently used this recipe and it came out wonderful! My variation was after marinating 24-hours I put the lamb with the marinate in my crock pot, added red potatoes & fresh brussel sprouts an...

I'd never cooked lamb before I tried this last Christmas. I served it with a rich rice risotto and cranberry green beans, and got rave reviews from the whole family, even my complaint-happy gran...

ok must not be a lamb fan.

The only thing this was missing was some veggies I tossed with the leftover marinade and put in the roasting pan underneath the roast. I used carrots, onions, and potatoes, but any veggies you l...

Not bad at all, but the flavors were a little underwhelming. I'll probably try this again with OJ concentrate and more herbs, or maybe cook in a pan and baste with the marinade.

One reviewer posted it was bland so I increased oj to 3/4 and rosemary to 3 TBL. I used my crockpot and combined my ingredients with a whisk... less than 15 minutes prep!.

It was a hit!! Everyone enjoy it! It is now my go to recipe for leg of lamb

Could not be easier and the lamb was so tender!! Only had dried herbs, and only time to marinate for a couple of hours before roasting, but was so delicious! Will make this one every time I ha...