I learned how to make a stuffed leg of lamb recipe which is included in the holiday recipes of many people around the world. Although lamb is popular here in the United States for Christmas and Easter, in many other countries it is the primary source of red meat year round. Since Biblical times the lamb has been an important reference in Christianity; this is very evident for Easter recipes.
When I learned how to make a stuffed leg of lamb recipe, I found it to be a favorite to Americans; along with the rack of lamb and the lamb shanks. We have begun to enjoy these recipes for Easter as well as for Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas recipes. People of the other countries especially those of the Middle East enjoy eating every part of the lamb. In those countries lamb has been on their menus much longer that it has been here and the cooks have learned to season it with all their wonderful available spices.
The meat of lamb is taken from the animal between the ages of one month to one year old. The meat is very tender and usually is reserved for special occasions. Lamb is sorted into three kinds of meat; forequarter, loin and hindquarter. The forequarter includes the neck, shoulders, front legs and the ribs to the shoulder blades. The hindquarter includes the rear legs and hip. The loin includes the ribs between the two quarter areas.
The following recipe uses the leg of lamb, which is the whole leg. It doesn’t matter if it is from the forequarter or the hind quarter but it needs to be boned when learning how to make a stuffed leg of lamb recipe.
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon and reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Crumble the bacon.
Combine the bacon with the onion, breadcrumbs, milk, lemon rind, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, pepper and salt; mix until well blended.
Stuff the mixture in the cavity of the leg of lamb. tie securely with a heavy string every two to three inches. Sprinkle with additional black pepper.
Pour reserved bacon drippings into a shallow pan and place the leg of lamb in the pan. Insert a meat thermometer, making sure it does not touch fat or stuffing, bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the thermometer reaches 160F degrees. Let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
WINE SAUCE: Below
Pour excess fat into a small saucepan. Add the chicken broth and wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until liquid has reduced by half. Serve wine sauce and onion sauce with the lamb. Serves 8 to 10.
ONION SAUCE FOR THE STUFFED LEG OF LAMB RECIPES: Below
Sauté the onion in the butter until tender. Add the flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture has thickened and bubbly. Stir in the salt, pepper, nutmeg and cream.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
To make stuffing melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Add onions and celery and sauté until browned; put mixture in large bowl.
Add bacon, rice and allspice to bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Drain apricots and reserve ¼ cup of the juice; drain prunes.
Chop 4 apricots and 4 prunes; set aside remaining fruit.
Add chopped fruit to stuffing mixture; stir well.
Add egg yolk; stir until mixture binds together.
Fill bone cavity of the leg with the stuffing mixture; truss leg together with fine string.
Brush surface of meat with melted butter; sprinkle with salt.
Place on rack in roasting pan; roast for 2 ¼ to 3 hours or to desired doneness.
Baste with pan drippings during baking.
Remove string from meat and place on serving tray.
Deglaze pan with wine; add broth.
In small bowl combine cornstarch with reserved apricot juice; stir into roasting pan.
Bring mixture in roasting pan to a simmer; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Season sauce with salt/pepper; remove any fat from surface and serve in gravy bowl.
Arrange remaining apricots and prunes, zucchini and herbs around roast.
Preheat oven to 325F degrees; place lamb in roasting pan with fat side up.
Combine stuffing mix, melted butter, celery seeds, pepper and pineapple in large bowl.
Pack mixture into pocket of leg; fasten with fine string or skewers.
Make several slits on outside of lamb and insert slices of garlic.
Rub lamb with softened butter and sprinkle with ginger and lemon juice.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Brush lamb with currant jelly; bake an additional 15 minutes or until thermometer registers 160F degrees.
Let stand 10 minutes before carving.