Rosemary and Caper Stuffed Leg of Lamb Recipe

Whether you debone the lamb yourself or get your SPAR butcher to do it for you, reap the rewards of a simple yet delicious roast that is easy to carve.


Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

1.5 hours



Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 – 3kg SPAR leg of lamb, deboned
  • 3 - 6 SPAR Freshline garlic cloves
  • ½ SPAR Freshline parsley bunch
  • ½ SPAR Freshline bunch fresh rosemary leaves with a few sprigs left whole
  • 30ml capers
  • 100g SPAR Freshline ciabatta, torn into chunks
  • 125ml SPAR flaked almonds
  • 200g SPAR manzanilla sliced olives, drained
  • 1 SPAR Freshline lemon (zest and juice)
  • SPAR sea salt and SPAR freshly ground black pepper
  • SPAR olive oil
  • 2 SPAR Freshline onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 SPAR Freshline carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks SPAR Freshline celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 bottle Olive Brook Classic Red Wine
  • 30ml SPAR cake wheat flour
  • 1 litre stock

Recipe Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Combine peeled garlic cloves, parsley, rosemary and capers in a food processor and chop finely.
  3. Then add the ciabatta and almonds to the processor. Pulse a few times only, keeping it coarse.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs, chopped olives, lemon juice and season.
  5. Pack this stuffing into the unrolled lamb, then wrap the meat back over and tie tightly with string, pushing the remaining rosemary sprigs underneath the string. Drizzle over with a little olive oil, pat into the lamb and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place your roughly chopped onion, carrot and celery in a roasting tray with any remaining unpeeled garlic cloves and lay your lamb on top. Roast for about an hour and a half.
  7. Baste after 30 minutes by pouring a swig of wine over  the meat and do so approximately every 15 minutes until the meat is cooked.
  8. When cooked, transfer the lamb to a board or platter to rest while you make your gravy.
  9. Spoon off most of the fat from your tray, then put it on the stove top over a low heat. Add the flour and mash everything together with a potato masher. Add a glass of red wine and bring to the boil to cook off the alcohol. Pour in the stock and bring back to the boil, scraping all the goodness from the bottom of the pan as you go. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Sieve the gravy into a jug or pan, using a ladle to really push all the goodness through. Throw away any veg or meat left behind. Your lamb will have been resting for around 15 minutes and will be perfect for serving.

Hints & Tips

Roast the bone with your lamb.  The bone imparts flavour into the gravy.