How To Roast Lamb For Easter

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Easter is fast approaching and if you want to enjoy a traditional and delicious Easter dinner then you need to know how to cook lamb well. In this post, I will provide you with some top tips on roasting a leg of lamb.

Tips on how to roast a leg of lamb:

  • Buy high-quality meat – Lamb is generally an expensive type of meat. Whether you go to a supermarket or a butcher, you are still going to pay slightly more than you would for another type of meat. Therefore, it is certainly worth buying your lamb from a high-quality butcher. Do your research and make sure they are reputable. You can really tell the difference.
  • Shank on or off? A lot of people purchase a leg of lamb with the shank. Is there any real benefit to this? In truth, it simply adds a bit of dramatic flair to the appearance of the dish. It is up to you whether you want to go for the shank on or off. It won’t make too much difference to the flavour.
  • Bone-in – Whilst the shank is up for debate, most people generally prefer cooking a leg of lamb with the bone in. This is much better in terms of taste, as the bone holds so much of the flavour. You only need to think of how we make stock from bones to see that this is the case.
  • Marinate? Season? – Whether you should marinate or season the lamb is generally a matter of opinion. However, unlike other cuts of meat, you don’t need to marinate the lamb to enjoy it. This is a really tender cut and so it can be delicious when it is merely seasoned. If you do want to marinate the lamb, only do so for a couple of hours, otherwise, you can destroy the integrity of the meat.
  • Rare, medium or well? – When you order meat in any restaurant, you will be asked whether you want it cooked rare, medium or well done. This is something you also need to think about when cooking yourself. This all comes down to personal preference. If you are unsure, go for medium.

And, let’s not forget about dessert! It is a good idea to go for something light, like coconut biscuits or a mousse. After all, lamb is quite filling, especially when you add all of the trimmings. Biscuits or cookies are good when you have guests because people can eat as much or as little as they like.

All in all, whether you cook lamb yourself or dine out, there is no denying that this meat is a must over the Easter period.


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