slow-roasted lamb leg

with preserved lemon

  • 2.6kg lamb leg, bone-in
  • 2 long sprigs rosemary, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 preserved lemon, quartered, pith removed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 800g sweet potato (kumara), chopped
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup (80g) mixed olives 
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Using a small sharp knife, make 30 x 2cm-deep slits all over the lamb. Press a piece of rosemary and lemon into each slit. Drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place in a large deep-sided oven tray.
  2. Add the water, cover with aluminium foil and cook for 2 hours. Remove the foil, add the sweet potato, cinnamon and honey. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C (350°F) and cook for a further 30 minutes. Add the olives and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve.  Serves 6.
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