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About leg of lamb

Leg of lamb cuts from the hind saddle of a lamb. Often prepared whole, a portion typically weighs between 3 -6 pounds and serves up to eight people. Lamb is a popular dish in Mediterranean and European cultures for its unique and delicious flavor. 

There are many secondary cuts of lamb leg to choose from, including:
  • Bone-in: A thin layer of fat remains on top of the leg for added moisture, making it juicier during cooking. Roasting bone-in meat makes it more tender and is a popular style of cooking. 
  • Easy carve: Easy carve leg is boneless and evenly rolled, netted, or tied for firmness. When oven cooked, searing first results in more tender meat.
  • Leg (tunnel bones): Tunnel-boned legs have the rump and knuckle removed to allow for faster cooking time and easy carving. 
  • Butterflied: A butterflied lamb roast has the bone removed, making it possible to lay the roast flat while cooking. You can butterfly the leg yourself or buy it boneless. Shop Instacart's selection of butterflied lamb leg and enjoy same-day delivery to your door. 
  • Mini roast: Lamb mini roast comes from the hindquarter leg chump muscle. Mini roasts have all the same benefits as larger ones but in much smaller portions. They cook faster and are ideal when cooked to medium doneness.
  • Leg steak: Leg steaks are boneless leg prepared by cutting along the natural seams. Typical cuts are approximately 20 mm thick and include several cuts like silverside, knuckle, rump, and topside. 

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FAQs About Leg of Lamb

People often describe lamb meat as a combination of game and beef, though it's distinctly different from most other meats. However, it's most similar in taste to a young goat. Lamb meat's unique smell is due to the caprylic acid present in its fat. In younger animals, these substances haven't fully developed. Therefore, the scent is not as powerful.

Suckling lambs are approximately 25 days old when slaughtered. Its diet is exclusively breast milk at this age, giving the suckling lamb a flavor distinct of its own.

When defrosting lamb, allow four to seven hours for every 500 grams of meat. Small roasts take around three to five hours per 100 grams. If you're preparing lamb steaks for dinner, allow 12 hours, or take it out of the freezer before you go to bed.

If you plan on defrosting lamb in the microwave, remove any freezer wrap or non-microwavable Styrofoam and place the lamb in a dish. Microwave using the defrost setting. Pause if the edges feel warm and resume once or cold again. 

Once it's thawed, cook lamb meat immediately. Please do not leave it to sit in the fridge or on the counter.

Leg of lamb is lean meat, so you can serve it pink. However, it has enough fat to maintain moisture while cooking. Take caution serving any meat pink and ensure its internal temperature is at least 145°F for medium-rare, 160°F for medium, and 170°F for well-done.

Lamb's leg serves well with many sides, like vegetables, potatoes, and beans. Some of the popular veggie sides include asparagus, peas, and broccoli. Roasted carrots or garlic mashed potatoes are other options of tasty side dishes.

Lamb is high in unsaturated fatty acids known to be helpful for diets. Leg of lamb is also a good source of high-quality protein but is not particularly rich in vitamins or minerals like iron and zinc or B-12. Regular lamb consumption may promote muscle growth and prevent conditions like anemia.

However, it's important to note that several substances found in red meats, including heterocyclic amines, may increase the chance of certain kinds of cancers. When you cook red meat at extremely high temperatures similar to frying, grilling, and baking, these substances form.
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