Dragan’s Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Beer

Background and History:

Dragan’s Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Beer is a beloved dish that brings together the succulence of lamb, the pungency of garlic, and the depth of beer. While the exact origin is unclear, this dish represents a celebration of rich, traditional flavors and time-honored cooking techniques.

Serves:

6-8

Time:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours (or overnight)
  • Cooking Time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pounds bone-in leg of lamb
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bottles of dark beer (e.g., stout or porter)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Potatoes, carrots, and onions for roasting

Instruction:

  • In a large bowl, create the marinade by combining minced garlic, one bottle of beer, olive oil, fresh rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the leg of lamb in a large resealable bag or a deep dish, and pour the marinade over it. Seal the bag or cover the dish, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight, turning the lamb occasionally.
  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  • Remove the lamb from the marinade and place it in a roasting pan. For a complete meal, add potatoes, carrots, and onions around the lamb.
  • Pour the second bottle of beer over the lamb.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the lamb reaches your desired level of doneness (145°F or 63°C for medium-rare).
  • Allow the lamb to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
  • Serve with the beer-infused pan juices as a sauce.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 400-500 per serving
  • Protein: Around 40g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 10g
  • Fat: About 25g

Notes:

  • Experiment with different beer varieties to alter the flavor profile.
  • This dish pairs well with traditional side dishes like roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Indulge in the hearty flavors of Dragan’s Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Beer, a timeless dish that combines succulent lamb, garlic, and dark beer for a memorable and satisfying meal.

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