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Vineyard Leg Of Lamb
What You Need:
  • 5- to 6-pound leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 medium-sized garlic cloves, peeled and cut lengthwise into paperthin slivers
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • Sprigs of watercress for garnish

  • How To Cook:
    This method of roasting lamb is a fairly complicated one. The sttrface of the finished roast, however, takes on an unusually rich chestnut-brown color and is well worth the extra effort.

    1. With the point of a small sharp knife, cut a dozen or more l-inch-deep slits all over the surface of the leg of lamb and insert a sliver of garlic into each slit. Cut a double thickness of cheesecloth about 16 inches wide and 18 to 20 inches long and drench it thoroughly with ½ cup of the brandy.

    2. Wrap the cheesecloth around the leg of lamb and cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent the brandy from evaporating. Set the lamb aside to marinate at room temperature for about 2 hours.

    3. Preheat the oven to 450. Mix the cumin, salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and combine the sherry and white wine in another bowl. Unwrap the lamb and place the leg, fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

    4. Press the cumin mixture into the surface of the lamb, coating the meat with the spices as evenly as possible. For the most predictable results, insert a meat thermometer 2 inches into the thickest part of the leg, being careful not to touch the bone.

    5. Roast the lamb in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 and baste with a tablespoon or so of the wine mixture.

    6. Continue to roast 40 to 60 minutes longer, or until the leg is cooked to your taste, basting two or three more times with the remaining wine mixture. A meat thermometer will register 130 when the lamb is rare, 140 when medium and 150 when well done.

    7. Transfer the lamb to a heated platter and let the roast rest for 15 minutes for easier carving. Just before serving, warm the remaining ½ cup of brandy in a small saucepan. Ignite the brandy with a match and pour it flaming over the lamb. When the flame dies, garnish the platter with sprigs of watercress and serve at once.
    Serving Size: 6 to 8
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    Cuisine » Americas » United States
    Main Ingredient » Meat & Poultry » Lamb
    Dish » Main Course


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