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Roasted leg of lamb

Serves 6 Servings


  • 1 (8-9 lb) leg of lamb, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 sprig rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 4 sprig thyme, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • 4 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 2 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cup chicken stock, or low-sodium chicken broth


Baking Directions:

Place the lamb in a shallow container and sprinkle evenly on all sides with the herbs, coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper; rub to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to 12.Brush off excess herbs and salt from the lamb and let stand at room temperature for one hour.

Preheat oven to 285 degrees F and place rack on the bottom shelf.

Heat olive oil in a large roasting pan or cast-iron pot over high heat.

Add the lamb and sear until browned on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer lamb to a platter.

Reduce heat to medium and scoop out and discard all but a few tablespoons of fat.

Add the carrot, onion, garlic and celery to the pot and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.

Add the wine and bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits stuck to the bottom.

Reduce by half, add chicken stock, return to a simmer and place seared lamb in the pan.

Transfer to the oven and roast for 8 hours, basting the lamb with the pan juice every 20 minutes.

Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil midway through, once the lamb is deeply browned.

Transfer the lamb to a platter and rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, carefully drain the pan juices through a fine meshed sieve into a saucepot; discard the solids.

Simmer the juices to reduce to saucy consistency, ladling off excess fat that rises to the top; adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve the lamb family style, carving and serving with the pan sauce.

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