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Leg of Lamb W/ a Crown Of Garlic From Perigord

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Category: French, Meat, Lamb/Sheep

 Ingredients List

  • 2 1/4 kg Leg of lamb
  • Salted water
  • 40 g Goose fat; or
  • 40 g Butter
  • 50 Garlic cloves; peeled
  • 3 tb Armagnac; or
  • 3 tb Brandy
  • 250 ml Sauternes; or
  • 250 ml Montbazillac; or
  • 250 ml Other sweet wine
  • Salt
  • Black pepper; freshly


ground Blanch the lamb by
putting it in boiling, salted water for 15 minutes. Drain the leg and dry
it well with absorbent paper or a clean cloth. Melt the fat in a large,
deep casserole. Add the lamb and brown it all over. Put the garlic cloves
around the lamb. Pour over the Armagnac or brandy and set it alight. When
the flames die down, add the wine and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover the casserole tightly, using foil to make a perfect seal. Cook over
very low heat for 5 or 6 hours, turning the meat over every 2 hours. Serve
the lamb on a large dish with its cooking juices and place the garlic
around it in a circle. This dish is traditionally served with pureed
haricot or broad beans or a dandelion salad.

French name: Gigot Perigourdin a la Couronne d'Ail. This wonderful dish
appears in various parts of France under different names. The long slow
cooking removes any slight bitterness from the garlic and it becomes a
vegetable - tender, golden brown nuts of delicate flavour. It is a dish for
midsummer, when the young garlic is still tender and juicy, its fat stalks
coloured with green and purple streaks, its skin silky.

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