Easter French recipe : 7 hr Lamb Leg

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in French Recipes

Easter is coming and it is time in France for some family dinners. Well, there are many occasions to have long family dinners in France …..

We were discussing with friends about the most famous Easter recipe and in fact, since our friends are originally from different parts of France, there were many different recipes.

However, one recipe was the most cited : The 7hr lamb leg.

Like for every previous recipe of this blog, the most important part of the success of the recipe is … the quality of the ingredients. A good organic lamb leg will give a wonderful meal !

Why 7 hours ? Simply because it cooks in the oven for 7 hours until it melts in your mouth.

Here is the recipe (6 servings) :

Ingredients :

1 leg of lamb (6lbs)
3 garlic cloves (sliced)
15 whole garlic cloves
1 quarter of a cup of olive oil
2 onions (thinly sliced)
4 carrot (peeled)
1 bouquet garni
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup flour (depending on humidity levels)

1 cup water


1    Preheat oven to 300°F
2    Make many small incisions in lamb, place slivers of garlic in each incision.
3    Rub lamb well with olive oil, season with salt & pepper. Brown the lamb on all sides in a large skillet.
4    Place it in Dutch oven and add onions, carrots, bouquet garni, garlic, wine. Put lid on Dutch oven.
5    Combine flour and water, make a ‘caulk’ and use it to seal the lid to the dutch oven.
6    Place it in the 300 degree oven and cook for 7 hours. Yes, 7 hours. (no peeking–leave it alone.).
7    Remove the Dutch oven and break the seal. You don’t have to eat the cooked flour paste.

Bon appétit !



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