The aroma of a roasting leg of lamb will entice you with delicious promise long before you sit down to eat. This classic preparation—smothered with Dijon mustard and herbs, surrounded by spring vegetables, and served with a rich pan sauce—makes a dramatic focal point for a meal, especially Easter.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2002


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  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Make 1-inch slits all over; place a sliver of garlic in each. Rub 2 tablespoons mustard over lamb; coat evenly with thyme and rosemary, patting gently.

  • Rub oil over bottom of roasting pan; cover with herb bunches. Place lamb on top. Roast 20 minutes; reduce heat to 375 degrees. Add onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Roast until meat thermometer inserted near center, avoiding bone, reads 140 degrees, about 70 minutes. Transfer lamb and vegetables to a platter; let rest 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make sauce: Knead flour and butter together. Pour off fat; place pan over medium heat. Add wine; reduce by half. Add remaining mustard and stock. Stir; reduce slightly. Strain into a saucepan; simmer. Add butter mixture in small pieces, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper. Garnish with herbs.