There is nothing like a roast cooked in a Dutch oven. Because of the cooking properties of the Dutch oven, it adds more flavor and moisture. And that is especially true for this savory roast leg of lamb.
This recipe could also be considered a ‘one-pot meal.’ The vegetables that are cooked as the side dish are included in the Dutch oven alongside the lamb. You can mix and match different root vegetables, depending on what you like or what you have on hand.
Cooking in a Dutch oven offers a lot variations on how to cook. You can put it on a campfire, moving the coals aside to place under and on top, use charcoal briquettes, or in a barbecue, whether this is a closed grill or smoker.
Dutch Oven Roast Lamb Recipe
- 1 leg of lamb
- 1 head garlic, sliced
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 yellow onions
- 3 carrots
- 3 roasting potatoes
- 1/4 pumpkin
- 1 Dutch oven
- 1 bowl
- Take a small sharp knife and pierce the lamb leg across the surface about an inch (2cm) deep.
- In each hole, slide in a slice of fresh garlic and a sprig of rosemary. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the lamb leg, and pat it with your hands to make sure there is an even coverage. Season it with salt and pepper.
- Dice the onion, carrot, potatoes, and pumpkin into equally sized pieces about 1-inch square (2cm).
- Add the carrots, potatoes, and pumpkin to a bowl then drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, then toss gently to cover all the vegetables evenly.
- Preheat the Dutch oven to about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Drizzle a small about of olive oil on the base. Sprinkle the base with the vegetables, place the leg of lamb on top and nestle in the vegetables. Place the lid on the Dutch oven.
- Place the Dutch oven in a barbecue pre-heated to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) then leave about 25 minutes per 1 pound (½ kg) of meat. Check doneness with a meat thermometer. Rare is 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), medium 150 to 160 degrees F (65 to 70 degrees C), well-done 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
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