HOW TO COOK LAMB
Including recipe for Spring leg of lamb, Roast leg of lamb, Leg of Mutton and a link to cooking lamb chops. Information on All about Lamb.
See Lamb Cooking Chart - Keep in mind that cooking Time is Per Pound
SPRING LEG OF LAMB
In the refrigerator; soak leg of lamb overnight in a pan of brine (cold water, 3 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, one clove of garlic, 1 sliced onion, 1/2 teaspoon thyme.) In the morning, remove only the lamb and rinse it (throw all the brine away,) put lamb into a covered roasting pan, rub with salt, paprika and black pepper. Add one sliced onion and brush lamb lightly with olive oil or with margarine. Add one cup water and roast until either medium rare but not above medium done. To brown, keep basting and uncover last ½ hour. Roast at 325-F. Medium Rare 145F / 63C, Medium 160F / 72C
ROAST LEG OF LAMB
Wash leg of lamb, then brush lamb lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and add one teaspoon ground marjoram, one stick celery, one carrot, and one cup tomato juice. Roast in a preheated moderate oven (325-F.) Roast until either medium rare but not above medium done. During process of roasting, baste occasionally. Medium Rare 145F / 63C, Medium 160F / 72C
LEG OF MUTTON
Wash the meat and place in roaster. On top of meat rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil, add 2 clove of garlic well minced, ¼ teaspoon crushed marjoram, salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 large can of tomatoes. Cover roaster and roast at 325-F until either medium rare but not above medium done. Medium Rare 145F / 63C, Medium 160F / 72C. If roasting in a moderate oven it may not be necessary to add more liquid. Some pared potatoes may be added to roast about 1 hour before meat is tender.
Lamb meat taste is unfamiliar to many Americans simply because they did not grow up in households in which lamb was served. Americans trying lamb for the first time either enjoy the great taste or some simply dislike it.
Lamb is generally on the menu in some better US restaurants. Lamb is traditional in Arab Countries and even in France lamb is a popular dish.
Lamb is meat from sheep less than 1 year old. Most are brought to market at about 6 to 8 months old. Lamb is usually tender because it is from animals less than 1 year old. However, look for good marbling (white flecks of fat within the meat muscle), and meat that is fine textured and firm. In color, the meat should be pink and the fat should be firm, white, and not too thick.
There are five basic major (primal) cuts into which lamb is separated: shoulder, rack, shank/breast, loin, and leg.
The "rack" is the un-split primal rib (sometimes called the hotel rack) of the carcass which includes ribs 6 through 12. The rack is split to make two primal lamb rib roasts. A "lamb crown roast" is made by sewing two rib roasts together to form a circle or crown.
Chops can come from various primal cuts. "Loin" chops and "rib" chops are the most tender. Less expensive "blade" and "arm" chops (from the shoulder) and "sirloin" chops (from the leg) can be just as tender, but they are not as visually attractive because the meat is separated by bands of connective tissue.
The fell is the thin, paper-like covering on the outer fat. It should not be removed from roasts and legs because it helps these cuts retain their shape and juiciness during cooking. The fell has usually been removed at the market from smaller cuts, such as chops.
Defrost any ground frozen lamb or lamb chops in the refrigerator then bring the lamb meat to room temperature before cooking it. If you have a frozen leg of lamb, let it defrost in the refrigerator and allow it to age for one week before cooking. When cooking lamb, do not cook it above medium rare. There are recipes that call for the use of raw lamb, raw lamb is safe to consume as long as it has been constantly refrigerated at 38-40-F (4.C) and if frozen, thawed out in a refrigerator at that temperature until preparation.