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Roasted Leg of Lamb with White Wine

by Adina 02/04/2020 8 comments

a whole leg of lamb being served on a white platter
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A roast leg of lamb with white wine, potatoes, and lots of garlic: this is the centerpiece on any serious Easter table in Romania and in many other parts of the world.

 

White Wine Lamb

 

Roast Leg of Lamb

 

Roasted leg of lamb with white wine, potatoes and green beans on the side is probably my favorite Easter meal. Or it competes for the first place with sarmale – Romanian cabbage rolls. Hard to decide!

I should probably do it like my family in Romania: cook both, add the chicken and semolina dumpling soup, the boeuf salad and the chicken drob. Make a cheese or spinach roll, cozonac, pasca, and a couple more cakes… and, of course, the hard-boiled eggs.

And eat continuously for a week. And no, I am not kidding! This is the way it goes in Romania at Easter.

I don’t get to make roast lamb often for Easter now, because since I got married we always have Easter lunch in my mother-in-law’s house and she never tasted (and never will) this kind of meat in her life. She always makes a roast duck for Easter.

But I do make roasted white wine lamb, pulled lamb or shoulder of lamb quite often for us and for guests, and always in those years when the Romanian (orthodox) Easter and the German (evangelic) Easter don’t fall on the same date. Then we get to have Easter lunch twice.

 

Roast Leg of Lamb

 

How to buy a leg of lamb?

If you live in Germany, you will probably only get lamb at the butcher’s and only ordered in advance. Regular stores only have about 5 times a year, so you cannot really plan a meal according to that. Otherwise, you can try the freezer section of larger stores.

I always buy it in ethnic stores (Turkish, Syrian, Russian), they always have it fresh, either shoulder or leg, boneless pieces, lamb chops and so on.

Ask the butcher to trim the leg for you. They always have this long bone sticking out and if that bone is too long, the leg of lamb might not fit into your roasting tin. And you will probably not be able to cut it yourself at home, not with a regular knife anyway.

The butcher could also trim away some of the thick layer of fat, you do need some fat, but not that super thick outer layer.

If you would like to make lamb stock, take the bone that was cut off and make stock using that and the remaining bone after you have roasted and eaten the lamb. Leave the fat behind, there is nothing you can do with it.

 

Roast Leg of Lamb

 

How to roast lamb with white wine?

I tried to recreate this recipe on the memories I have of my mother’s lamb many many years ago. A leg of lamb slowly cooked in the oven with lots of wine. I can’t still remember the aroma that filled the house that day.

A good thing about this recipe is that you can cook the meat and the potatoes in the same dish, in the oven. This way you can easily prepare the sides or the other courses on the stove.

Flavor the meat:

  • A typical way of flavoring lamb is to make some incisions into the meat using a small sharp knife and stuff these slits with garlic slivers.
  • Be generous with the garlic, it really imparts a lot of flavor into the meat.
  • Rub the leg of lamb all over with oil and sprinkle it generously with salt and pepper.
  • You can use other spices as well if you like, but Romanian cooking is not using lots of spices generally, so salt, pepper and maybe some sweet paprika is normally enough.
  • Add some sprigs fresh rosemary and bay leaves to the baking tray, rosemary and lamb are great together.
  • Add white wine and water to the tray as well.

Roast:

  • Make sure the oven is preheated.
  • Once everything is on the tray, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
  • You have to make sure though, that the liquid in the tin never cooks off completely, check about every 15-20 minutes and baste the leg of lamb with the liquid while you are at it.
  • If the liquid cooks off, add more white wine regularly.
  • Start with roasting the lamb for 30 minutes. Turn it on the other side, baste well, place the aluminum foil on top again and continue roasting for another 15 minutes.
  • Clean and half the new potatoes during this time.
  • Turn the piece of meat again, baste it, place the potatoes around it, cover again and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, baste again and continue roasting for about 15 minutes until the meat is nicely colored and the potatoes are soft.

 

Internal temperature:

I don’t usually cook this white wine lamb by checking the internal temperature, it is a standard Romanian dish, which cooks the meat quite well. However, checking the internal temperature gives you more freedom, it allows you to cook the lamb exactly to your liking.

To check the internal temperature, stick the thermometer about 5 cm/ 2 inches into the thickest part of the meat, without touching the bone.

If you cook the lamb according to the internal temperature and the potatoes are not quite soft when you are done with the meat, remove the leg from the oven, place it on a large platter, cover it loosely with foil and let rest while the potatoes continue roasting (uncovered).

The recommended safe temperature should be 63 degrees Celsius/ 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-well done meat.

Rare: 46-49 degrees Celsius/ 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium-rare: 49-52 degrees Celsius/ 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium: 54-57 degrees Celsius/ 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium-well: 60-63 degrees Celsius/ 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Well-done: 65-68 degrees Celsius/150-155 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

What to serve?

Green Beans with Garlic

Healthier Green Bean Casserole

French-Style Green Beans

Simple Roasted Whole Carrots

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

 

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white wine lamb with potatoes fresh from the oven

 

Roasted Leg of Lamb in White Wine

Roasted Leg of Lamb in White Wine

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

A roast leg of lamb in white wine with potatoes, and lots of garlic: this is the center piece on any serious Easter table in Romania and in many other parts of the world.

Ingredients

  • 1 leg of lamb, about 2 kg/ 4.4 pounds
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle white wine (See note 1)
  • 250 ml/ 8.5 fl.oz/ 1 cup warm water
  • 3-4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs new potatoes, small
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the leg of lamb very thoroughly and dry it with kitchen paper.
  2. Make some deep slits into the meat using a small, sharp knife. Cut the garlic cloves into slivers and stuck these slivers into the slits in the meat. Rub the leg of lamb all over with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Place into a lightly oiled, large roasting tray, place the rosemary sprigs and the bay leaves around the meat and pour about 250 ml/ 1 cup of the white wine and the warm water into the tin. Cover the tin loosely with aluminum foil.
  4. Roast the leg of lamb, taking care that the liquid doesn't evaporate completely. If that happens, keep adding white wine to the tray from time to time. Also, don't forget to baste the meat with the liquid every 15 minutes or so.
  5. After 30 minutes (1), turn the leg on the other side, cover again with the foil and continue roasting for another 15minutes (2).
  6. In the meantime clean the potatoes very thoroughly. You don't have to peel them. Cut the potatoes in half. After the 15 minutes, turn the leg of lamb again, place the potatoes around the
    meat and continue baking, covered with the foil for another 30minutes (3).
  7. Remove the foil and bake for about 15 to 20minute (4) more or until it has a nice color and the potatoes are soft.
  8. Romanian people generally like their meat well cooked, so if you want the meat to be pink, cook it according to the internal temperatures listed in the blog post and in Notes.
  9. Take the roast out of the oven, cover loosely with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes. Serve with the potatoes and other sides.

Notes

  1. You will start with 250 ml/ 1 cup of white wine added to the tray at the beginning of the cooking process. You will add more as required during the roasting time, but you will not need the entire bottle of wine:
  2. Internal temperature for lamb:

Rare: 46-49 degrees Celsius/ 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium-rare: 49-52 degrees Celsius/ 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium: 54-57 degrees Celsius/ 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium-well: 60-63 degrees Celsius/ 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Well-done: 65-68 degrees Celsius/150-155 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1136Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 310mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 90g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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Psychic Nest 23/03/2016 - 16:53

The way the lamb is cooked can change the way we approach it. I am not a lamb fan either but I am always open to new ways to try this meat cooked. So maybe there is a reason your mother in law and grandma didn’t enjoy eating lamb. I will definitely try your recipe, the meat looks so tender and delicious!

Zaria

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Monica 24/03/2016 - 02:15

Perfect for Easter! The lamb looks amazing but I would not be able to stop eating those potatoes either!

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Mary 24/03/2016 - 02:48

Most people judge lamb in a negative way, but it’s delicious, lean, and not gamey at all. This leg of Lamb looks amazing, I just might try to make it myself.

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 24/03/2016 - 04:09

I know many people have leg of lamb for their Easter meal. We always have ham. It’s hard to break tradition. One year my mother in-law also baked a leg of lamb. I’m afraid we all went straight for the ham!

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 24/03/2016 - 15:16

I do NOT “crinkle” my nose at lamb, I happen to love it! And this roasted leg of lamb would be fabulous for Easter! So stunning and seriously delish! Perfect for my Easter because I happen to detest ham! 😉 Cheers, girlfriend- to a wonderful Easter!

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David Summerbell 23/06/2016 - 21:57

Wow! This roast leg of lamb looks soooo delicious! I’ve never made anything like this before but I’m going to give this a try. Hopefully it turns out great. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Love the pics.

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Adina 24/06/2016 - 20:55

Thank you for the nice words, David. I really hope you enjoy the lamb, we all loved it.

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