Roasted Leg of Lamb
Serves 10 | Cost per Serving: $3.20
This succulent, affordable Roasted Leg of Lamb recipe will make your meal memorable. If you can't find a 5-pound leg of lamb (they're often larger), look for a half leg.
Roasted Leg of LambIngredients
-1 boned leg of lamb, about 5 lb., rolled and tied
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
-3 sprigs fresh rosemary 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
-1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1. Bring lamb to room temperature. Preheat oven to 450°F. Using the point of a sharp knife, make 1-inch deep incisions over surface of lamb. Fill each incision with a piece of sliced garlic and a few rosemary leaves, pushing them completely into the meat. Rub lamb all over with olive oil and lemon juice. Season generously with salt and pepper.
2. Place lamb on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Roast lamb, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Continue roasting lamb until a meat thermometer
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Bangers & Mash
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Serves 6 | Cost per Serving: $1.50
Bangers and MashIngredients
-3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
-Salt and pepper
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup milk
-3 tablespoons Dijon mustard -1 1/2 pounds cooked chicken or turkey sausage links
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
-1 large onion, chopped
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1. Place potatoes in a large pot; cover with water. Add 1 Tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, return potatoes to pot, and mash with butter. Mix in milk and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
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