October 9, 2019 10:21:54 AM
When fall comes around, it brings many iconic flavors, festive traditions and family meals, along with cravings for warm, hearty dishes. For your next gathering of loved ones, whether it's a special occasion, sporting event or simply spending quality time together, serve a classic comfort food perfect for a small crowd.
While a roast leg of lamb may be considered time-intensive or best-suited for special occasions, it can be a surprisingly stress-free dish to prepare at home. A simple way to update familiar dishes, grass-fed lamb, available at your local Whole Foods Market, is easy to cook; prepare it the same way you would grass-fed beef.
This grass-fed leg of lamb recipe, for example, requires little fuss and the oven does the work for you. Infused with garlic and thyme, topped with a creamy meat sauce and garnished with a side of seasonal produce, you can delight your family and friends with this tender and delicious meal. Plus, New Zealand grass-fed lamb is a lean, finely textured and flavorful protein, well-suited for a variety of dishes.
For more information, cooking tips and recipes, visit beefandlambnz.com.
GRASS-FED LEG OF LAMB
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
4 1/2-5 1/2 pounds Atkins Ranch grass-fed leg of lamb, at room temperature
1 3/4 ounces butter, softened
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon roughly chopped thyme leaves
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
1-2 handfuls thyme sprigs
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup beef stock
3/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
Lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
1 bay leaf
Salt, to taste
Sauteed mushrooms (optional)
Sauteed green beans (optional)
Steamed carrots and snap peas (optional)
(Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand)