Roast hogget

Hogget (meat from a sheep between one and two years old) has an incredible depth of flavour, so it is very well suited to being simply roasted

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:2 hrs
    Plus resting
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 521
  • fat 31g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 1g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 61g
  • salt 0.34g


  • part-boned and rolled leg or shoulder of hogget (shoulder will weigh about 1½ kg/3lb 5oz; leg will weigh about 2kg/4lb 8oz)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • small bunch of rosemary, broken into sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 anchovies, broken into small pieces (optional)


  1. Heat oven 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Weigh the meat (if you don’t know the weight already) and calculate the cooking time: 15 mins per 450g for rare, 20 mins for medium and 25 mins for well-done.

  2. Place the meat in a roasting tray, rub all over with the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Use the tip of a sharp knife to make incisions all over the joint, then in each one insert sprigs of rosemary with a sliver of garlic and piece of anchovy, if using. Put the meat in the oven for 10 mins, then turn down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Now roast for your calculated time, basting the meat occasionally with any pan juices. Remove from the oven and rest the joint for at least 15 mins before carving.

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