Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic Rosemary and Anchovy

Recipe by: Heston Blumenthal

Serves: Serves: 4


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  1. Preheat oven to 90C.
  2. Heat oil in a flameproof roasting pan over high heat until smoking. Season lamb with salt, then sear until completely golden brown. Place a roasting rack underneath the lamb set inside the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 100g milk to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Drain through a fine sieve, retaining the garlic, and discarding the milk. Repeat process 3 times using the remaining milk.
  4. Cut blanched garlic into slivers. Using a sharp knife, cut small slits in the surface of the lamb at regular intervals. If necessary, use a small spoon to enlarge holes. Fill holes with an anchovy slice, a garlic sliver and a few rosemary leaves.
  5. Place lamb in oven for 1.5-2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 57C.
  6. Remove lamb from oven, wrap in foil, and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, place roasting pan over medium heat. Add a splash of white wine to deglaze, whisk in mustard and stock, then reduce to a saucy consistency. Pour into a warm jug.
  8. To serve, remove foil, and place lamb on a chopping board. Cut meat from the top, downwards, until the knife meets bone, to desired thickness, all the way along the top of the leg. Run the knife horizontally across the meat, just above the bone, separating the slices. Turn over and repeat on other side.
  9. Arrange lamb on a platter and serve with roast potatoes and sauce.
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