Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Toss the mint jelly

Roast lamb creates such a wonderful aroma that it should be turned into a scent for air fresheners.

Butterfly the bone out of the lamb leg and then cut the meat open as evenly as possible to make a somewhat flat layer. Or buy a lamb leg already deboned.

Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Pesto and Spinach

  • 5-7 lb leg of lamb
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh pesto
  • 1 lb spinach
  • 2 slices thick bacon diced fine
  • 1 cup red onion diced fine
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tbsp grated Romano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt/pepper

Season each side of butterflied lamb with salt, pepper and rosemary. In a frying pan cook bacon until browned and fat is rendered. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add spinach and cook until it wilts. Add wine, deglaze pan and cook until all liquid is gone. Set spinach aside to cool. Spread pesto over the inside of lamb, then with spinach mixture, then top with grated Romano. Roll leg together and tie up tightly. Place in a rack in a roasting pan with some water in the bottom and cook in a 360 degree oven, basting every 30 minutes until done, about 1 1/2-2 hours. Slice and serve.

A “Great Minds Think Alike” Note: One of our favorite bloggers, Zestybeandog, posted a similar recipe right after we made this. Her version uses kale and looks great. But she’s also on a pizza tear lately that’s worth checking out too. She’s posting a new pizza recipe every week, a goal we definitely support here at the Rufus Guide.

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50 Responses to Stuffed Leg of Lamb

  1. Carolyn Chan says:

    Looks soooo good !

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    I’ve boned out a leg of lamb, spread it with a cup or so of walnut-basil paste, rolled and baked it in the past. The addition of spinach IS a new one on me however, as is the bacon. It all sounds wonderful. I wish lamb wasn’t so pricey though.

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Everything’s better with bacon and your leg o’ lamb looks terrific!

  4. Purely.. Kay says:

    Okay.. after this post.. I don’t think I need to blog on food Friday anymore LOL. Look at this… yup I wish I had this for dinner tonight..

  5. air freshener eh? It could work…

  6. That looks great. I also plan to make lamb for Easter.

  7. That is one gorgeous piece of lamb. For me, you can hold the mint jelly and the bacon.

  8. Yvette says:

    Just lovely, mouth watering lamb..just in time for Easter dinner, the stuffing loos and sounds delicious!

  9. Yvette says:

    typo error: looks xx

  10. Lamb on it’s own is good, stuffing it like this is even better. :-) Mandy

  11. rsmacaalay says:

    That leg looks moist and tender!

  12. Aw, jeeze…there are only three of us for Easter, and one of us is pint-sized…
    Have to save this for a Company-Night.

  13. We ditched the mint sauce years ago, savory is the way to go with lamb. Your pesto and spinach stuffing is a great idea with slow roasting–YUM!

  14. BrainRants says:

    I’m not a lamb fan but this I would eat.

  15. Love lamb and this may have to be our Easter Sunday lamb dish!

  16. Mad Dog says:

    That looks fantastic – I bet it tasted good too!

  17. Kristy says:

    Mike and Nick will be over soon… ;)

  18. zestybeandog says:

    Oh my, this looks so juicy and wonderful! I think it’s so funny we were cooking lamb around the same time in such a similar style pesto and all :) ! I love it! I love how you added bacon, in fact bacon and kale would be amazing together! Great minds do think alike ;) Cheers!

  19. zestybeandog says:

    Also thanks for the pizza shout out, just made a new one last night! :) Tearin’ it up in the ZBD kitchen! ;)

  20. You could not go wrong with this one.

  21. chefconnie says:

    Wow that looks outstanding. What is it with Lamb cooking! It is like food aroma therapy.

  22. can you just come make this for me for easter? PLEASE

  23. We have leg of lamb often but I’ve never stuffed it like this. I can’t wait to taste it.

  24. nrhatch says:

    That spinach-pesto mix would be great in so many ways ~ on pizza, pasta, stuffed into potatoes, tomatoes, or squash. Yum.

  25. YUM – grab a fork and knife and dig in! Happy Monday!

  26. Eva Taylor says:

    I just recently learned to appreciate lamb. The lamb we have in Canada has a particular odor as it is cooking, something I cannot get used to, but the stuff in Morocco was wonderful!

    • A_Boleyn says:

      You’ve mentioned that before, Eva. I think I know what you mean but wonder whether it’s because our ‘lamb’ is more likely mutton and the smell of mutton fat may be objectionable to you. Do you think the lamb was leaner in Morocco than here? Or whether the combination of spices/sauces they used masked that smell?

      When I boned out my leg of lamb, I tried to remove as much of the extra fat inside the leg as possible as well as the blood vessels I ran across and then squeezed half a lemon over the inside of the meat and rubbed the lemon all over. I really think that that helped as my mother, who like you is not fond of the smell of mutton and usually curls her lip up when I suggest buying it, ate the meat without complaint.

  27. TasteFood says:

    So beautiful – perfect for Easter.

  28. Courtney says:

    What a great Easter idea! Spinach and bacon and lamb, oh my.

  29. I can only imagine how good the combination of flavors must be

  30. peasepudding says:

    I was thinking roast lamb for Easter this year, bit of throw back from the UK I suppose with spring lamb…autumn here now though

  31. Looks amazing – I’ve never thought of stuffing lamb before! Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. Oh how I love Leg of lamb and this stuffed one is perfection!

  33. Amy says:

    wow, this lamb looks so succulent!!! I totally want some.

  34. I think our annual Easter ham just got bumped off the grocery list.. this looks too good to miss out on!!

  35. Ah, the stuffing makes this lamb even better. Great idea for Easter Sunday brunch.

  36. We usually have ham for Easter but this looks so good and I need to serve lamb more. My family may not go for it for Easter but I am going to make this soon if they don’t.

  37. Andrea says:

    I love leg of lamb and this looks so delicious! Love the stuffing!

  38. This is something I would relish. Looks fantastic.

  39. That’s the best looking leg of lamb, and leg of lamb recipe, I’ve ever seen!

  40. Karen says:

    I love roasted leg of lamb and your stuffing makes it special. That’s a large leg…I can see a lot of sandwiches in your future.

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  42. Sandra says:

    We made this for our Christmas dinner. It was delicious.

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  45. Rebecca Orchant says:

    Hi there!

    My name is Rebecca and I’m one of the Editors at HuffPost Taste. I’m working on a roundup of some of our favorite leg of lamb recipes, and would love to feature a photo from this awesome post, pending your permission. We’ll link back to your original post for the recipe. Would you mind just letting me know whether you’d like us to credit the photo to your name or your blog’s name? Thanks very much!

    - Rebecca

  46. Tina Kreuzer says:

    Greetings from PureBredLamb.com we loved the recipe and shared with our followers on facebook. May it bring you more readers! We share your belief of caring about what consumers eat/drink. We found you from the Huffington Post article. We are on facebook as well under Pure Bred Lamb and twitter, @purebredlamb.

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