The leg of lamb in the oven is the Easter recipe, a simple dish with a sumptuous taste that every lover of tradition will love.
There are not many tips to make the perfect leg of lamb. Use many aromatic herbs such as thyme, mint, sage, and marjoram to play down the wild and sweet taste of this meat, and everything will go perfectly, and you can serve a fabulous dish for Easter.
The only fundamental step is marinating; since the recipe is simple, it is better to soften the meat and taste with a good full-bodied red wine, like Montepulciano, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Brunello di Montalcino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ingredients and doses
- 1 leg of lamb (3 kg)
- 1 bunch of sage
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 40 grams of mint leaves
- 10 grams of salt
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 40 grams of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 glasses of red wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or Amarone
- 1 orange
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 handful of juniper
- 20 gr. butter for the splint
How to prepare the perfect roasted leg of lamb
Wash the vegetables and aromatic herbs, then coarsely chop the carrot, onion, and celery and place them in the pot to cook the leg. Pour in the wine, 1 glass of oil, the orange cut into slices, the garlic, 1 tablespoon of chestnut honey, and massage the meat.
Let the leg marinate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Now remove the leg from the pot, dry it and lard it with garlic using a special needle.
With a sharp knife, make incisions on the leg, 10 cm away from each other.
Turn on the oven and set it to 180 degrees.
Chop the aromatic herbs, mix with oil and grease the lamb with this fragrant balm. Tie it with string.
Pour 1/2 glass of oil into the pan to cook the leg, add a little wine from the marinade, put the meat with the vegetables in it, cover with foil, bake and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and wet the leg with a bit of wine.
Cook for 20 minutes, then add a little more marinating liquid.
Bake for another 30 minutes, remembering to wet the meat from time to time.
Take the leg of the leg out of the oven, strain the bottom of the roast in a fine sieve, crushing the vegetables well and serve the lamb.
Which wine goes well with the roasted leg of lamb?
Obviously, the wine served in combination with the lamb must be the one used for the recipe.
If you want to pair a cocktail, the Old Fashioned is perfect.