Treat the family to this seductively tender roast leg of lamb from Ashburton Cookery School founder Stella West-Harling MBE
You will need
- Leg of lamb 1
- Bottle of wine or cider/ ale or meat stock 75cl
- Sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Heat the oven to 100°c/gas ¼.
- Take a roasting tin and put the leg directly onto it. First pierce the leg all over with a sharp knife, pushing rosemary and garlic into the small holes, then season with salt and pepper.
- Add a bottle of any wine or 75cl cider or ale, or 75cl meat stock to the tin. Tightly cover the whole tin with aluminium foil and place on the middle shelf. Leave for at least 5 hours (for a pink meat) or overnight for maximum tenderness and cooking (8-10 hours).
- Remove the foil and turn up the heat to 220°c/gas 7 for 10 minutes to brown if required.
- Take the meat out of the tin and transfer to a shallow tray, covering with foil again, to rest for up to 15 minutes. Use any juices remaining in the tin to deglaze and make a sauce or gravy.
Chef’s tip: ‘Slow cooking the lamb over a long period of time allows the fibres of the meat to relax so it becomes very tender,’ says Stella
A Cook’s Book by Stella West-Harling is published by Thornberry Press. Available from Ashburton Cookery School and its website, priced £25 (inc UK p&p)
Ashburton Cookery School, Old Exeter Road, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7LG