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Mediterranean Roasted Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 19 servings (serving size: 3 ounces lamb and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
For this roasted leg of lamb, the drippings from the lamb roast are combined with red wine to make a flavorful sauce that complements the lamb perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 1/2- to 6-pound) rolled boned leg of lamb
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 cups dry red wine, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Nutrition Information

  • calories 175
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • fat 7.4 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 24.4 g
  • carbohydrate 1.1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 153 mg
  • calcium 10 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Unroll roast; trim fat. Spread minced rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and garlic into folds of the roast. Reroll roast; secure at 3-inch intervals with heavy string. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil. Secure rosemary sprigs under strings on roast. Place roast on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan; insert meat thermometer into thickest portion of roast. Bake at 400° for 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 425° (do not remove roast from oven). Bake an additional 20 minutes or until thermometer registers 140° (medium-rare) to 155° (medium). Place roast on a platter; cover with foil. Let stand 10 minutes for roast to reabsorb juices. (Temperature of roast will increase 5° upon standing.) Remove string and rosemary sprigs before slicing.

  3. Remove rack from pan. Combine 1/2 cup wine and cornstarch; set aside. Add 1/2 cup wine to drippings in pan; scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Combine drippings mixture and 1 cup wine in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and cornstarch mixture; return to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Serve with lamb.

Cook's Notes

Use a full-bodied, dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Cabernet Franc. Increasing the oven temperature for the last 20 minutes browns the lamb.