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This old Gourmet leg of lamb recipe has reviews from more than a hundred users, almost all of whom love it. So take it from them: even if it’s your “first time cooking lamb,” you’ll be “hooked.”

Ingredients

8 servings

1 (7-pound) semi-boneless leg of lamb, aitchbone removed, fat trimmed to ¼ inch thick, and lamb tied

4 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon fine sea salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup dry red wine or broth

Step 1

Pat lamb dry and score fat by making shallow cuts all over with tip of a sharp small knife.

Step 2

Pound garlic to a paste with sea salt using a mortar and pestle (or mince and mash with a heavy knife) and stir together with rosemary and pepper. Put lamb in a lightly oiled roasting pan, then rub paste all over lamb. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 4

Roast lamb in middle of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted 2 inches into thickest part of meat (do not touch bone) registers 130°F, 1½ to 1¾ hours. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 15 to 25 minutes (internal temperature will rise to about 140°F for medium-rare).

Step 5

Add wine to pan and deglaze by boiling over moderately high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 1 minute. Season pan juices with salt and pepper and serve with lamb. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/leg-of-lamb-with-garlic-and-rosemary-105020