Bourbon, Honey and Spice Butterflied Lamb Leg

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Buy boned butterflied lamb legs for a sophisticated but easy carving dinner. These legs take no time to bake to a juicy crispness. Serve with sugar snap peas and mashed or roasted potatoes.

Serves: 6


  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) honey
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) bourbon
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ( 10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne
  • 3 lb (1.5 kg) butterflied lamb leg
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) bourbon
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) red currant jelly
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chicken or beef stock


Combine mustard, honey, bourbon, coriander, cumin and cayenne in a small bowl. Brush over lamb leg. Season with pepper. Marinate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Place lamb, fat side up, on rack in a roasting pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, basting occasionally or until juices run slightly pink.

Place lamb on a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile make sauce.

Discard all fat from roasting pan. Stir in vinegar, bourbon, jelly, mustard and stock. Bring to boil, boil 3 to 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon. Season well with salt and pepper.

Carve into thin slices and drizzle sauce over lamb to serve.