If you’re looking for a wonderful slow cooked leg of lamb recipe, you have come to the right place. This slow cooked lamb falls right off the bone and is so juicy and succulent. Best of all, there is very little effort involved. If you don’t have a crockpot, follow the link.
Leg of lamb doesn’t have to be just for Easter dinner. Over the years, lamb has become a staple in our family. There is just something about the flavor that is unlike all others. Like beef, it is very versatile and we continue to experiment with flavors that compliment this wonderful meat.
In this example, we used leg of lamb in the crockpot but you could just as easily substitute lamb shanks or even lamb chops. Add your desired vegetables and just set and forget. After a few hours, you will have a wonderful dinner surprise.
Benefits of a Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb
Besides the fact that your leg of lamb is a bit pricey compared to beef, it has many benefits. One of the things that I like best is that it can be a family meal and you can have leftovers for several days after.
There are serious health benefits as well. Lamb tends to be lean since there isn’t a lot of marbling going on like beef and is an excellent source of iron. On average, 3 ounces of lamb is about 160 calories and about 23 grams protein.
Preparing your crockpot leg of lamb recipe
To start the slow cooker lamb roast and vegetables recipe process, you will need to cut off the excess fat. The bottom of my leg of lamb had a fairly think layer of fat. Trimming this off will not only be healthier but will also help in the cooking process.
After trimming the meat, you will need to apply the spices to both sides. Allow the leg of lamb to marinade by covering it and placing in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. I do not recommend long marinade times.
Next, I began searing both sides of the meat in a large skillet on the medium-high heat. Each side takes about 4-5 minutes to get a nice bark.
Like I stated earlier, the prep time for slow cooking lamb is pretty easy. Might I suggest multitasking? For example, while the leg of lamb is searing in the skillet, cut and prepare all of your veggies and throw them in your slow cooker.
Leg of Lamb Tips
- Try to buy your lamb from a local butcher. This will ensure the freshness of meat.
- Don’t go crazy with the marinade. Lamb already has a very nice flavor and is very tender. Marinade for shorter periods of time for best results.
- Cook meat until the internal temperature is between 130 to 135 degrees for medium rare and 140 degrees for medium (meat will not be pink).
- Wrap lamb in aluminum foil once it reaches the desired internal temperature and allow time for the meat to rest.
Leg of Lamb Recipe Final Thoughts
I have cooked a roasted leg of lamb in the oven and I have made crockpot leg of lamb. Slow cooking in a crockpot is definitely juicier and more flavorful. The method produces that fall off the bone experience that I so love. Once you slice your meats, you can make sandwiches, wraps, gyros, stews or just serve with a plate of your favorite vegetables. This slow cooker lamb roast and vegetable recipe was so delicious, I will be making it on a regular basis.
Leg of Lamb Recipe | Slow Cooker Lamb Roast with Vegetables
This leg of lamb recipe is so juicy and succulent.
- .5 tsp garlic powder
- .75 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
Leg of Lamb Spice Rub
After trimming the fat off of the leg of lamb, combine garlic, nutmeg, salt, pepper and paprika in a container.
Coat the spice rub across the entire surface of the lamb.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
Slow Cooker Instructions for Lamb Recipe
Set the slow cooker to low heat.
Add olive oil.
Chop potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, tomato, and mushroom and place in the slow cooker.
Set a large lightly oiled skillet on medium high heat and wait for the pan to get hot.
Add lamb to the skillet and sear both sides until they are brown. About 5 minutes per side.
Add leg of lamb to the slow cooker.
Add tomato paste, wine and broth.
Add rosemary and thyme sprigs and cover the slow cooker.
Cook for 7 hours.