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A Year of Slow Cooking

Friday, March 30, 2012

Slow Cooker Mint Glazed Lamb

I have new and exciting lamb for you. Lamb so good you're going to want to test it out EVEN THOUGH you already love your tried-and-true "but everybody already loves my lamb" recipe.

I know.

change is hard.

We're all in this together. (insert High School Musical soundtrack)

Slow Cooker Mint Glazed Lamb

The Ingredients.
serves 6-8
 (ha. that sticky has the words "mint-glazed leg of lamb" on it. I probably should have taken that off before I shot the photo. oops.)

1 onion, sliced in rings
4 to 5 pound boneless leg of lamb
1/3 cup prepared mint jelly
3 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 10)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Separate the onion rings with your fingers and place in the bottom of your cooker. Put the meat on top. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mint jelly, fresh mint, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Smear this mixture on all sides of the meat. Cover, and cook on low for 7 hours, or until the lamb is fully cooked and begins  to relax and lose it’s shape.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a spoonful of accumulated gravy (you can thicken the gravy by making a cornstarch slurry: 1 tablespoon cornstarch whisked into 2 tablespoons cold water).

The Verdict.

I have always shied away from mint jelly—it looks like lime jello to me, and I couldn’t figure out why lamb was supposed to be paired with something that smelled like Doublemint gum  ~ until I tried this! Lamb and mint are meant to go together! This sweet, salty, and minty glaze can not be beat. It really is a good combination-- good enough to make me want to CHANGE our normal Easter Lamb recipe for keeps.

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Soap Crafter said...

Just like Google to change the software. Making you having to take it or leave it. Just like Facebook with their "new" timeline. I do not like the new format and especially forced to used it.

Kalyn said...

Are you talking about switching to the new post editor? If so, I promise you will love it once you get used to it. The photo features are especially good! (You can re-size photos, change the position, add captions, add alt text, and ad titles just by clicking on the photo.)

Hang in there! The lamb looks good, bookmarked!

Laura said...

I use Windows Live Writer (free download) to compose my blog posts then it just uploads it into blogger - ta da it's posted! I love it (i'm not affiliated in anyway!).

Carrie said...

lololol!! It took me a while to get used to the new blogger platform but now I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It's much more versatile and there's a lot more you can do! I think you'll love it once you get used to it!!

Rose said...

The lamb looks and sounds delicious!

Ben said...

Hi Stephanie,
Another mouth watering recipe, please keep it comin!You always put top of the line recipe!!!
I've already book marked your post.

iheartcooking said...

Ooh I love lamb! Great post. FINALLY google updates their blog editor! I thought they never would! Honestly, it desperately needed it.

Martha@ Simple Nourished Living said...

This lamb looks wonderful. I've got a mint plant going wild right now so, this may be my Easter lamb recipe this year. I've bookmarked it!
Thanks so much.

Martha@ Simple Nourished Living said...


I made this for Easter and all I can say is thank you so very very much. I've tried a few times to make lamb with so-so results. I didn't grow up eating it, but my husband and stepson love it so I've wanted to learn how to make it for them. This was a home run. They both were all smiles and the leftovers are disappearing quickly. I don't think I'll ever make leg of lamb without my slow cooker again.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

hey - your profile made me laugh! I too am (only recently) obsessed with my slow cooker. I have only made one dish (some crazy pork recipe from a US blog which included pancake syrup) which turned out amazing (say so myself!)
Anyway - your blog came up on the UK Mumsnet site as a good place to try for good recipes so I'm going to get reading. Obviously I have a HUGE list of things I should be doing instead....but that's the nature of obsession....fee x

Catt of the Garage said...

Shall have to try this. I might try it with a lamb shoulder, as that's a touch tougher and stands up really well in the slow cooker - it pulls beautifully.

Kellie said...

Hi I have just recently started using a slow cooker and is the best thing ever, to be honest not the best cook in the world ( probably a massive understatement) I've triedlotx of your users do far and all have turned out great. I wondered if this would work with lamb shoulder I'm not a fab of lamb but my boyfriend loves it so gonna try making it for him x x

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Kellie,
yay! I'm happy you found me! Yes, a lamb shoulder would work just fine. enjoy!

Kellie said...

I just made this for tea tonight it tasted realy nice and I don't even like lamb, so must be tasty !!!

Margaret said...

I found your website two days ago and made this yesterday! It was a hit and is added to my list of crock pot meals. I look forward to making many more of your recipes.
I love the photo of ingredients before cooking.

Thank you.

MaggieMay said...

I too am a new crock pot user; started experimenting shortly after I retired, and now I'm addicted. I just made a leg of lamb recipe that was good, but all of my childhood experiences of lamb included mint jelly, and I wanted that flavor combination. My Welsh grandmother was a first generation American, and she never served lamb without mint jelly. IMHO, it's a match made in heaven, and I'm really excited to try your recipe.

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