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Milk-Fed Lamb with Garlic and Tarragon

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Category: Lamb/Sheep

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More from the Sydney Morning Herald. Simplicity itself, this
French-derived recipe preserves all the tenderness of baby lamb and it
gives it the intense flavour it tends to lack. The lamb can be cooked
in an oven-proof, glass chicken-roaster or baked in foil (use at
least two layers to ensure the parcel does not leak). Having a
tablespoon or two of jellied stock always at hand is difficult for
the home-cook, unless you remember always to treasure the cooking
liquids after baking meats. Pour them into a small container and
refrigerate -jelled stock separates out underneath a layer of fat
which seals and preserves the stock.

A leg of suckling lamb weighs about 1 kg. If you don't want to go to
the expense of buying suckling lamb, buy the smallest lamb leg you
can, probably around 1.5 kg. If you are baking the lamb in foil,
start by browning the leg all over in a pan brushed with olive oil
(not necessary if using a glass roaster).

Cut 4 cloves of garlic into slivers, make slits all over the lamb
with a sharp knife and tuck the garlic slivers inside.

Dust the leg with salt and pepper, put it in the roaster or on foil,
add a generous handful of fresh tarragon leaves or a tablespoon of
dried, and 1 or 2 tablespoons jellied veal or chicken stock. Put the
lid on the roaster or wrap the leg loosely in foil, sealing the seams
securely to prevent juices escaping.

Roast at 190C for between 35 minutes (suckling lamb wrapped in foil,
still pink inside) and 1 hour (larger leg in roaster, well done).
Rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with the juices spooned
over the meat. Good with creamy mashed potato to absorb the juices.

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