I never knew how delicious roast lamb is until I visited Dubai in 2005. I remember ordering my very first lamb meal from one of the stores at the food court of a certain mall. And OMG, it was THE best! I fell in love with it, so much so that I went back to that same shop and had roast lamb for lunch for a few days. It was addicting! 🙂
So, yes, roast lamb is one of my personal favorites. I love it as much as I do roast beef. And for me, the simpler the recipe is, the better. That’s exactly what I am going to share with you today.
If you are thinking about making a special dish for an intimate dinner with your loved ones, I highly recommend roast lamb. Nothing fancy. With just rosemary and garlic, the flavor of the meat will be accentuated, and that makes it more delightful. You can also rub the meat with other herbs if you wish to. But just like what I said, the simpler, the better.
When it comes to the cut, the legs and shoulders are the favorites. But if you want to get more flavor, I suggest you get the shoulder part. It is richer in flavor than the legs.
A sumptuous dinner meal doesn’t have to be complicated. This roast lamb recipe only requires a few ingredients like rosemary, garlic, and olive oil, but the result is truly wonderful!
2 pounds lamb shoulder (boneless)
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
4 cloves garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine garlic, rosemary, thyme, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Use the mixture to rub the lamb shoulder with.
- Put the lamb on a baking dish and roast for about an hour.
- Once roasted, let it cool off for 15 minutes, remove twine, slice, and serve.
The lamb shoulder should be tied with butcher’s twine before cooking.
If you want to eat your roast lamb with some vegetables, you have the option to roast it with some baby potatoes. All you need to do is to arrange the potatoes in the baking dish and then put the lamb on top. That’s about it!
Other great pairs for roast lamb include roasted asparagus, honey-glazed carrots, or steamed broccoli. You can also eat it with mashed potatoes or rice. You have plenty of options! In fact, you can make your own gravy as well.
Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic is a great dinner recipe. Whether it’s a weeknight or a special weekend dinner with your friends and family members, this dish would be one of the best that you can serve. Simply select an excellent dish, and your meal would be complete.
This recipe takes almost 2 hours to make because of the cooking time. Make sure that you cook it just in time for dinner. Or, you can also make it ahead of time and just reheat it later on.