A few weeks ago our friends, the Aussies, came to town. We explored, we talked, we kayaked, we picked blueberries, we talked, we played with horses, we talked, and we ate, and ate, and ate.
One spectacular evening, they cooked us a traditional Aussie Sunday dinner. Roasted root veggies, and garlic herb rolls, and a fantastic dessert.
But the highlight of the meal was this packed with flavor, incredibly tender, boneless lamb roast. Fresh rosemary and crushed cloves of garlic tucked inside, slow roasted and topped with a savory gravy and a light mint sauce, our family could not get enough.
This is definitely our new go to meal for the holidays this year!
Rosemary Garlic Aussie Lamb Roast
A 3-4 lb boneless lamb roast (we found ours for a great price at Costco)
8-10 sprigs of fresh rosemary
5-6 cloves garlic, crushed
2-3 Tblsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
About an hour before roasting, remove lamb from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. This allows for a more even roast which helps to ensure tenderness of the meat.
Heat oven to 375.
Remove rosemary from stems. In a medium size bowl, mix rosemary with crushed garlic, 2 Tblsp Montreal Steak Seasoning and enough olive oil to make a paste. Set aside.
Thoroughly coat the inside of a roasting pan with olive oil. On a cutting board, unroll roast from netting. Pat inside of roast dry and spread rosemary and garlic paste across meat. Roll roast back together and secure with netting or oven safe kitchen twine.
Brush olive oil on top of roast and sprinkle with 1 Tblsp Montreal Steak Seasoning.
Place roast in pan, cover securely with lid or aluminum foil and place on center rack of oven. Roast lamb until internal temperature reads 130 F, about 15-20 minutes per pound.
*Note: temperature will rise to about 140F after removing from oven.
Let lamb sit about 15 minutes before carving to allow juices to re-absorb into the meat.
There is some excellent information and tips on selecting and roasting a leg of lamb on TheKitchn.com here: How to roast a leg of lamb-cooking lessons from The Kitchn