Mediterranean Leg of Lamb
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Mediterranean Leg of Lamb

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<b>Prep:</b> 20 mins + additional if browning first Prep: 20 mins + additional if browning first
<b>Cook:</b> 7 hours  Cook: 7 hours
Serves 10 Serves 10
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 1 full leg of Quality Mark lamb
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • ½ cup fresh oregano or marjoram leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves
  • 12-18 sundried tomato halves in oil, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine

To finish, optional

  • 4 large juicy tomatoes, quartered
  • 400g can chickpeas, well drained (optional)
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 4 artichoke hearts, quartered
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves


Turn the slow cooker on to low to pre-warm while preparing the ingredients.

Use a sharp, long, thin-bladed knife to make 12-18 deep slits all over the lamb. Slice each garlic clove in three. Wrap a slice of garlic and a few leaves of oregano or marjoram and rosemary in a sundried tomato half and push into one of the deep cuts. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

If wishing to brown the lamb: Heat a dash of oil in a frying-pan and brown the lamb well.

Put the lamb into the slow cooker, sprinkle over the sugar and pour the wine around the meat. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, until the lamb is well cooked.

The lamb can be enjoyed at this time with the juices that have collected from the cooking. Or, you can finish the dish with the remaining ingredients as follows:

Remove the lamb to a warm plate, cover and leave to rest. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas if using, olives, artichoke hearts and oregano. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the lamb to a large meat platter and cover. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving. Sprinkle with flaky salt if wished.

This recipe is from Allyson Gofton’s cookbook Slow, which features Alan Gillard’s gorgeous photography and is available now at all good booksellers.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 103g
Energy kJ (kcal) 582 (139)
Protein (g) 18.2
Fat (g) 6.2
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 1.6
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 89
Iron (mg) 1.6
Zinc (mg) 3.2
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.0
Vitamin D (ug) 0.6
Selenium (ug) 3.6
  • Allow sufficient resting time to ensure the lamb is juicy and moist when carved. Use a thin-bladed, very sharp carving knife to cut into thin slices to serve.
  • After carving the leg of lamb, the bone can be used to make soup. Add the bone to a stockpot of water with onion, carrot, celery and one packed of dried flavoured soup mix. Any meat remaining on the bones will fall off into the soup.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 6 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5
Hi Judith,

You will need to source a leg of lamb that will fit into your sized slow cooker, perhaps without a bone if you have small one. If you don't have a large slow cooker you can try cooking the leg of lamb in a covered casserole dish and slightly increasing the liquid quantity with stock. Doing so, you will need to keep and eye on the dish during the cooking period and have a meat thermometer on hand to ensure the degree of cooking is to your liking. If you have any further queries please email recipes@beeflambnz.co.nz
Posted by Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2014-11-25 14:05:09
How do you fit a leg of lamb into a slow cooker please?
Posted by Judith 2014-11-25 08:33:23
Libby this is a good one for the slow cooker and gorgeoues with garlic and rosemary in the meat cooked.
Posted by Gaye Turner 2014-08-21 14:22:27
Sent to friends and they enjoyed it during the festive when they invited other friends to have a hearty meal. Cheers
Posted by L Chew 2014-08-21 14:22:08
Very Good and easy to cook
Posted by Laurencia Chew 2014-08-21 14:21:50
Looks Good
Posted by Bill Saxton 2014-08-21 14:21:28




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