Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes and Onions


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This tender piece of meat is seasoned with thyme, savory and rosemary for that intensely herbed flavor. The potatoes and onions make an elegant accompaniment.

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  • 1 6-7 lb. bone-in leg of lamb, excess fat trimmed
  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh thyme or 1 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh savory or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary or 3/4 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 lb. russet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 1/2 lb. onions, thinly sliced (about 8 C.)
  • 1 3/4 C. beef stock or canned beef broth

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using small sharp knife, cut 1-inch-deep, 1/2-inch-long slits all over lamb. Insert garlic slices into slits. Rub oil all over lamb. Mix thyme, savory, rosemary, salt and pepper in small bowl. Rub herb mixture all over lamb. Set aside.

Generously butter large roasting pan. Combine potatoes, onions and stock in large pot (stock will not cover vegetables). Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are halfway tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer potato mixture to prepared pan; spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Place lamb in roasting pan atop potato mixture. Roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part of lamb registers 130 degrees for medium-rare, about 1 hour 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes.

Thinly slice lamb. Arrange lamb on large platter. Surround with potato mixture and any juices from pan and serve.

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