4-pound leg of lamb with shank bone attached
3 cloves garlic, slivered
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
1 cup dry white wine like Pinot Grigio
Wipe the meat dry with paper towels. With a small knife make slits about 1-inch deep all over the meat and insert the slivers of garlic and rosemary.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix well with a fork. Rub the mixture all over the lamb, coating it well. Place the meat in a deep dish, cover it, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Place the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and add the wine to the pan. Roast for 1 to 1 -1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the leg registers an internal temperature of 135-140ºF for medium rare or 160ºF for medium. Baste the meat every 15 minutes with the pan juices. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and let it cool slightly.
Carve into pieces, arrange on a platter, and pour the pan juices over the meat. Serve immediately.
To make a gravy for the roast, skim off the top fat from the pan drippings and place the pan over two stove top burners. Over medium heat stir in 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth and stir to make a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper and serve on the side.
This recipe is from Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites by Mary Ann Esposito.
This recipe is featured in Episode 2101 of Season 20.
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