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Rosemary-and-Garlic-Studded Leg of Lamb

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 3 ounces lamb and 2 tablespoons sauce)

Ingredients

  • Roast:
  • 1 (7-pound) leg of lamb
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh garlic (about 14 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can low-salt beef broth
  • 1 (4-inch) rosemary sprig
  • 1/4 cup port or other sweet red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Nutrition Information

  • calories 173
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • fat 6.6 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 24.3 g
  • carbohydrate 2.2 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 240 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare roast, trim fat from lamb, and cut 16 (3/4-inch-deep) slits into lamb. Combine 1/4 cup rosemary and garlic. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon rosemary mixture into each slit; rub lamb with any remaining rosemary mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place roast on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer into the thickest part of lamb, making sure not to touch bone.

  3. Bake at 400° for about 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 140° (medium-rare) to 155° (medium). Let stand 15 minutes before slicing. (Temperature of lamb will increase 5° upon standing.) Remove lamb from pan, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings for sauce; scrape up browned bits with a rubber spatula. Place roast on a platter; keep warm. To prepare sauce, pour reserved drippings into a small zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag; snip off 1 corner of bag. Drain liquid into a medium saucepan, stopping before the fat layer reaches the opening; discard fat.

  4. Add broth and rosemary sprig to drippings in pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute. Combine port and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Discard rosemary sprig. Serve sauce with lamb.