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Butterflying A leg Of Lamb

Knowing Your Way Around A Lamb Leg Opens Up Serious Grill Potential. Here’s How To Do It Like A Pro

David Matthews
Boning and butterflying a lamb leg turns a wintry cut into one primed for braaing (see recipe tip on page 40). Not only does a butterflied leg cook relatively quickly, it marinates well and has the benefit of picking up char from the grill. While you may come across butterflied legs, bone-in is cheaper. The bone can be roasted and used to make pan sauces.

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The butterfly effect: Butterflying not only opens a lamb leg out so the meat cooks evenly to the same degree throughout, it also maximises the surface area, which helps when you’re adding flavourings. Don’t be afraid to put a few slashes in the leg. This makes sure the muscle bundles won’t pull tight and curl up on the grill, and also helps any spices or marinades to penetrate the meat – either Greek-style with fragrant herbs, lemon, garlic and olive oil, or North African flavours like harissa or ras el hanout.

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April 2019