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Gravy for lamb??

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm roasting a leg of lamb today, got it all preped and ready studded with garlic, anchovies and rosemary. What kind of gravy do I make and how??
post #2 of 11
For my family, Lamb has always been one of four ways. As a stand alone meat with no type of sauce, au jus, with a tomato coulis, or crusted in some way. Typically since it is always served rare. Most people prefer mint jelly (never understood that one, bleech). Lamb stew was always the exception being cooked tender and in a brown gravy. But tha was also flavored with the lamb and veg so.........

You could try this sauce....... I would primarily serve it with veal in a dish called Veal Marengo but found it to work equally well with lamb. I have no direct mesurments since this was one I would just "wing". But since your not making it by the gallon.........I'll try to provide some adequate measurments for use in the home.

Olive oil. 1/4 cup
Mushrooms, button, quartered. 2 cups
Shallots, minced fine. 1ea
Garlic Clove, minced fine. 2ea
Tomatoes, Roma, fresh, peeled and seeded. 7lbs (Since good fresh tomatoes are not really available this time of year you may substitute 1-16oz can diced and 1-16oz can crushed.)
Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced. 1 cup
Basil, fresh cut, chiffonade. 1/2 cup
Fresh cream (optional) 1 cup

Heat large sauce pan over med high flame. Add olive oil, and mushrooms. Saute for 1 minute. Add garlic and shallot. continue to cook for 2 minutes being careful not to burn garlic and shallots.

If you have an immersion blender, continue to puree the 1 can of crushed tomatoes until more sauce like but not as smooth. The same is done with the diced but only to remove the large pieces. (You can also use a blender or food processor to puree the crushed and mash the diced with your hands or a potato masher to achieve the same effect)

Add these to the mushroom/garlic and shallots. Continue to heat mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add sliced Kalamata olive and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes. stirring frequently. At this piont I would add the cream and basil and adjust salt and pepper for taste. It can be held warm for service later or used immediately.

Hope this helps you out.
post #3 of 11
How about the recipe above, but after sauteeing the mushrooms, garlic, and shallots you add red wine and a little broth then just reduce it somewhat? Maybe leave out the olives and tomatoes and throw in a sprig or two of fresh rosemary.

I'm with you on the mint jelly. Yuck!
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
I hate mint jelly, yeeuk. Thanks for the recipes but I was looking for something to do with the roasting juices from the roasting dish.
post #5 of 11
What about mint sauce? Vinegar, chopped mint, sugar? Something like that?
post #6 of 11
Then add some wine to the drippings, reduce with some added garlic and rosemary.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
OK, I took the roasting juices and reduced and scraped them from the pan then added a wee dollop of mint sauce from a jar and a good glug of red wine let it all reduce for a few minutes, seasoned and bobs yer uncle and fannies yer aunt.
post #8 of 11
Well, that was creative! You made a gravy taking pieces from all the ideas on this thread. I assume bob's yer uncle and fannie's your aunt means it was good?:lol:
post #9 of 11
mint jelly - yuck.

Mint sauce, the real kind with vinegar and fresh mint leaves - now THAT'S good with lamb. It's has been a couple of years since I did a leg of lamb on the grill, but one of the guests that day was a woman from Wales ( do they have sheep there? ) who whipped up a great batch of mint sauce. Tasty stuff.

Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
Food nourishes my body.  Cooking nourishes my soul.
post #10 of 11
Welsh lamb is an absolute treat. As is Orcadian, seaweed fed lamb.

Although mint jelly is available in the UK, most roast lamb (for a Sunday lunch with all the trimmings) is served with home-made mint sauce. That jelly stuff is an abomination!
post #11 of 11
Indian stuff - fresh mint chutney & lime pickle - goes great with roast lamb.
The genesis of all the world's great cuisines can be summed up in a four word English phrase: Don't throw that away.
The genesis of all the world's great cuisines can be summed up in a four word English phrase: Don't throw that away.
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