Honeyed Lamb with Cider Gravy

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h 30 m
  • Ready In

    2 h
Recipe by  Christianne

“This is a family recipe I got from a friend of mine. It's a fairly easy recipe and has a simple but delicious taste. Tastes great with roasted red potatoes.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil, letting enough foil hang from each side of the pan to create a foil tent that won't touch the meat.
  2. Place leg of lamb into the foil-lined roasting pan. Warm up 1/4 cup of honey in a small saucepan over low heat, and brush the honey all over the lamb. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste, and place the rosemary sprig onto the lamb. Pull the ends of the aluminum foil together over the lamb, and pinch the ends together to make a foil tent.
  3. Roast lamb in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue roasting for about 1 hour.
  4. Open up the foil and roast an additional 20 minutes to crisp the outside of the meat. For medium-rare, roast until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 140 degrees F (60 degrees C.) Remove the lamb from the oven, and place on a warmed platter to rest about 15 minutes before slicing. Pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a saucepan, and wrap the lamb loosely in the foil to rest.
  5. Pour hard cider and 2 tablespoons of honey into the saucepan with the lamb drippings, and boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce reduces by about half, about 10 minutes. Slice the lamb and spoon sauce over the slices to serve.

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Light and sweet taste. Even my picky husband liked it. LOL :) I would recommend basting the lamb (like a turkey) with it's own juices several times while it's in the oven so that it comes out moist.



I made the recipe as stated but decided to take it a step further by marinating it in a cup of hard apple cider and rubbing the lamb with the sweet version of 'quatre epice' with the addition of white pepper. The sauce was really good, but next time I would make more. The lamb tasted overly game-y this time, perhaps the spices I used brought out that flavour, and I would try the savoury variation next time, or use less spices. Tasty.



i use apple cider with white meat .. pork chicken poached in apple cider .. not so keen on using lamb but was worth a try thanks

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 487 cal
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 23.8 g
  • 37%
  • Carbs
  • 20 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 43.4 g
  • 87%
  • Cholesterol
  • 152 mg
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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