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.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2000

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Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe Summary

Yield:
19 servings (serving size: 3 ounces lamb and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Chef'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.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; calories from fat 38%; fat 7.4g; saturated fat 2.5g; mono fat 3.4g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 24.4g; carbohydrates 1.1g; fiberg; cholesterol 76mg; iron 1.9mg; sodium 153mg; calcium 10mg.