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Tips on how to roast a lamb of mouthwatering succulence.
THE BEST CUTS FOR ROASTING
A favourite cut of lamb for roasting. A whole leg is ideal for serving large numbers, and yields plenty of lean, tender meat. It can be divided into two joints (the fillet end has the best flavour).
Roasting joint that is inexpensive because it carries a little more fat. The bone running through the centre makes it a little more difficult to carve. Shoulder benefits from long, slow roasting, and can be boned and rolled, as can the smaller knuckle and fillet ends of the shoulder.
BEST END OF NECK
This has the very best flavour, and is made up of lean meat. It cooks very quickly, and will feed two perfectly. It is also the most expensive cut.
SADDLE OF LAMB
An impressive joint for roasting, but a little difficult to carve. This joint is quite large and expensive.
A lovely joint for roasting, on or off the bone, because it carries a little more fat than the leg but not as much as the shoulder. A boned loin is ideal for stuffing.
This is an inexpensive, small boneless joint made of well-flavoured meat with no waste. Ideal for two.
The most fatty of all the joints, the breast is under-used and underrated. When it has been boned and rolled around a dry, lean, well-flavoured stuffing, it produces a beautifully flavoured, tender and inexpensive roasting joint.
TIPS FOR ROASTING LAMB
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Classic traditional roast lamb is perfect for a Sunday get-together. This Mediterranean version marries juicy roast leg of lamb with aubergine Parmigiana to bring out the fuller flavours.
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This lovely roast leg of lamb is smothered in garlic and rosemary for a fantastic flavour; if you're looking for inspiration, it's an ideal dish to serve on New Year's Eve.
The beautiful colours and complementary flavours make this seasonal lamb recipe a winner.
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