Roast Leg of Lamb


Yield: Serves 12



  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 boned rolled and tied leg of lamb (about 7 pounds)
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup homemade or canned low-sodium chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a blender, combine the oil, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth and emulsified, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Place the lamb, fat side up, on a rack set in a roasting pan; spread garlic paste all over lamb. Roast in oven until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 135° for medium rare, about 2 hours.
  3. Transfer lamb to a platter, and discard string; keep warm while you make the pan sauce.
  4. Pour wine or 1 cup water into the roasting pan in which the lamb was cooked. Place over medium heat, and scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan. Add stock and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until liquid has reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Skim fat from surface, as needed.
  5. Slice lamb just before serving. Strain sauce into a gravy boat, serve hot with lamb.
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