Top Your Roast Lamb With This Delicious Mint Jelly Sauce

New Zealand lamb with baked onions and mint sauce

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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (12 servings)

Like the marriage of roast turkey with cranberry sauce, roast lamb pairs beautifully with its own condiment—mint sauce. The origin of this match seems to be unknown, but lamb and mint have been side by side for centuries. Perhaps it is the combination of lamb's gamy and earthy tastes with the brightness and freshness of the mint that makes the duo so appealing, or that when farm-to-table was a standard way of eating, the herb grew plentifully next to where the livestock roamed.

This flavorful mint sauce recipe for lamb is easy to prepare, using ready-made mint jelly as a base. Whip it up in a snap for your next roast dinner!

This sauce will pair well with a marinated and grilled butterflied leg of lamb or a roasted leg of lamb tinged with garlic and herbs. Lamb chops are the perfect accompaniment to this vibrant green condiment. Try them with rosemary, red wine vinegar, and garlic—mild but flavorful.


Steps to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, water, and vinegar in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Add mint jelly and whisk until well blended.

  3. Stir in chopped mint and lemon juice. Serve alongside the lamb recipe of your choice.

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