Railtown Catering's lemon and rosemary-crusted leg of lamb

Chef Dan Olson shows you how to make Easter-ready leg of lamb

Photo by Jelger and Tanja Photographers.
Photo by Jelger and Tanja Photographers.

Are you ready for Easter? If you're looking for the perfect recipe for a leg of lamb, chef Dan Olson from Vancouver's Railtown Catering has one for you. Follow this recipe on Sunday for crowd pleasing lamb.

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 lemon, zest only
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 3-lb boneless lamb leg
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Mix olive oil, chopped garlic, half the rosemary, half the lemon zest, half the Dijon mustard and cracked pepper together in a bowl to create the marinade.

Remove lamb leg from packaging, quickly rinse in cold water and pat dry. Cut away any netting and open up the lamb leg to create a flat surface. Rub both sides with marinade.

Re-truss the lamb leg into an even cylinder shape for roasting. Refrigerate overnight (approx. 12 hours).

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Remove lamb leg from the fridge. Season with salt and pepper, and sear in a thick bottom pan with canola oil until golden brown all around.

Place in the oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 120°F. Remove from oven, and remove all twine.

Brush the top of the lamb leg with the remaining Dijon mustard. Coat generously with the breadcrumb mixture, and remaining lemon zest and rosemary.

Place the lamb leg back in the oven, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 130°F and the crust is golden brown. The temperature will climb up 10°F on its own from the residual heat.

Let rest for 20 minutes before carving. Enjoy a perfectly cooked and tasty lamb leg!