Monday’s with Mami – Pierna de Cordero Asada, Roasted Leg of Lamb

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This was a delightful roasted leg of lamb that my family and I enjoyed yesterday for Resurrection Sunday.  The flavor of lamb is so tender and succulent that there really isn’t a whole lot of preparation or added ingredients needed.  I enjoy lamb and like to keep it’s true flavor.  I do recommend to order your lamb from a local family farmer in order to ensure that it’s been weaned and taken good care of to harvest. Here in Iowa I order my lamb by the half from Cory’s Lamb who do sell at the Downtown Farmers Market.

For this recipe my mami and I utilized the Spanish flavors of jamon serrano.  We larded the roast to keep it moist and tender throughout the roasting process and topped it with jamon to lock those flavors in and create a nice crunchy salty garnish.  For the creme de la creme, we utilized the pan drippings to pour over the sliced pieces as a sauce.  Simply Divine!

Pierna de Cordero Asada, Roasted Leg of Lamb
-Adapted from 1080 Recipes


  • 4-5lb bone in leg of lamb
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup farm fresh pork lard
  • 10 slices jamon serrano (prosciutto or bacon will be fine)
  • salt


  1. Rub the lamb with the garlic and pork lard on both sides. sprinkle with salt.
  2. Top with the jamon serrano or other cured ham.
  3. Let rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour
  4. Preheat the oven to 450F.  Put the lamb into a roasting pan and roast for 15 minutes.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 350F and roast for 15-20 minutes per pound basting occasionally.
  6. When the meat is done, let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving.  This will ensure that the juices stay within the meat.
  7. With the reserved drippings and juice in the roasting pan, add 1 cup water and heat on the stovetop until all the bits and pieces have been incorporated into the sauce.
  8. Serve with the roasted leg of lamb.

Buen Provecho!

9 Responses to "Monday’s with Mami – Pierna de Cordero Asada, Roasted Leg of Lamb"
  1. Fresh Local and Best says:

    My family did something similar for Easter Sunday, and it was wonderful! I wish I had space here for half a lamb, it's the best way to buy lamb, direct from the source!

  2. Pilar - Lechuza says:

    Un aspecto delicioso tiene esta pierna asada. Además si es de confianza mucho mejor.
    un biquiño

  3. Chow and Chatter says:

    oh wow this looks wonderful love the use of the jamon

  4. Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition says:

    I'll be passing this recipe on to friends of ours that just purchased some grass fed lamb.
    Diane…just wanted to day I absolutely love your new button. I added it to my sidebar ( have your other one, also ) it may link to you but it says it all for me!!
    Thanks, Pamela

  5. Divina Pe says:

    I love the simplicity of this dish. It's really great with the jamon. And you're right, they're simply divine.

  6. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Wonderful roast lamb, I love the addition of jamon serrano here!

  7. Fuji Mama says:

    I LOVE roast lamb and yours looks amazing!

  8. kamran siddiqi says:

    I love, love, love roast lamb and I can't help but drool a little on my keyboard!

    Great post, Diana!! :)

  9. whatkateate says:

    I love lamb & this recipe looks so tasty!

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