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boned and stuufed leg of lambIf you are a reasonable hand with a knife type in to Google: “How To: De-Bone and Butterfly a Leg of Lamb” and it is fully illustrated as well. If you do not feel confident you can ask your butcher to do this for you, or if you are lucky you can find a ready de-boned leg in the freezer cabinet of one of the stores. Then you only need to carefully cut it open and follow the instructions on how to butterfly it.

For the stuffing you will need: 125gm Pancetta, finely chopped: 4 garlic cloves, steamed: 100gm finely grated Parmesan cheese, finely grated: 200gm fresh breadcrumbs:100gm fresh mint: 3tbsp lemon juice: 1tsp salt: ground black pepper to taste and a 240gm tin of Artichoke hearts, drained.

Pre-heat your oven to 230C. Then mix all the ingredients for the stuffing in a food processor ensuring it does not get too smooth. Lay your lamb skin side down and spread the stuffing mix over it leaving about 1 cm around the edges. Roll this up very tightly and tie it every 5 cm along the length. Rub the skin with olive oil and season. Place it on a rack in a roasting tin, pour two cups of water into the tray and roast for 30 min. Then reduce the temperature to 180C and roast for a further 75 min. Allow to rest for 20 min, carve and serve with mint sauce.

Added to this dish were roast parsnips, roast potatoes and cauliflower.

Parboil the potatoes for 5 min, drain and shake to fluff up the edges, put oil into the saucepan and shake again. Parboil the parsnips for 10 min and treat the same as the potatoes. Place these on another rack in the oven for at least one hour. Cauliflower can be cooked on the hob or the microwave. A great gravy can be made using some of the water/juices from the lamb tray plus vegetable Bisto and OXO lamb cubes. Enjoy!


Leg of lamb from Foodland

Pancetta from Foodland

Breadcrumbs from Foodland

Jif Lemon juice from Friendship or Best

Fresh mint from Foodland

Tinned Artichokes from Friendship

Vegetable Bisto from Villa

Lamb OXO cubes from WWM in Soi Chiapruek

You can, of course, buy them elsewhere.

Any other items not specifically mentioned should be in your larder.