Roast lamb with Madeira gravy
This slow-cooked lamb dish makes an amazing dinner for a lazy Sunday lunch and is wonderfully complemented by the rich gravy.
2kg/4lb 8oz leg of lamb, bone in
8 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked
1 lemon, zest only
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, cut into wedges
350ml/12fl oz Madeira
40g/1½oz unsalted butter
2 tsp cornflour
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
Make deep incisions all over the lamb and stuff the garlic slices and half of the rosemary leaves into the incisions. Rub the lemon zest and olive oil all over the surface of the lamb. Season with salt and pepper.
Put the onion wedges into a roasting tin, sit the lamb on top and roast for 1 hour. Pour 200ml/7fl oz of the Madeira and 300ml/½ pint water into the tin and return to the oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven, transfer the lamb to a warmed serving dish, cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Tip the contents of the roasting tin into a saucepan, together with the remaining rosemary, Madeira and another 300ml/½ pint water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Strain everything through a sieve into a jug, pressing through as much liquid as possible.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Stir in the cornflour until you have a smooth paste and cook, stirring all the time, for a minute. Slowly whisk in the strained liquid, a little at a time, until smooth. Simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add any juices that have come out of the lamb while resting and stir well. Carve the lamb and serve with the gravy.