Bacon-Wrapped Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Reduction

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"A family favorite for over two decades! Growing up, Mom would always make this for dinner on Easter Sunday or New Year's Day. The bacon adds a wonderful smoky flavor to the outside of the lamb, and the garlic permeates the meat throughout. All topped off with a delectable red wine reduction. Delicious served with mashed potatoes!"
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2 h 30 m servings 442 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 442 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 27.6 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.2g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 39 g
  • 78%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 324 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Trim excess fat and thin membrane from leg of lamb; place into roasting pan. Cut slits in the meat and insert garlic slivers into slits. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, and rosemary in a small bowl; brush mixture over lamb. Lay bacon slices onto the meat. Let roast stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Roast lamb in the preheated oven until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the leg, not touching bone, reads 145 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium-rare or 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) for medium, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Transfer lamb to a serving platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand while you make the sauce.
  4. Skim and discard excess grease from pan drippings left in roasting pan; place roasting pan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in drippings until translucent, about 5 minutes; pour in wine. Stir wine and pan drippings, scraping up and dissolving brown bits of food stuck on the bottom of the pan. Pour in stock, bring sauce to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Stir tomato paste into sauce, bring to a simmer, and cook until sauce has reduced to about 1 cup. Season with salt and black pepper. For a smoother sauce, strain before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If you prefer a thicker gravy, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water; stir into boiling stock mixture and whisk for 1 minute or until thickened.


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My husband and I prepared this last night for dinner with his parents. It was a HUGE hit. We are Irish, so instead of making the red wine reduction, we used mint jelly. But the meat came out ...

This "Bacon-Wrapped Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Reduction" recipe couldn't be better: the outcome was a top-notch gourmet treat! I tripled the rosemary (1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon) and add...

First time making a leg of lamb. This recipe was really easy and tasty. If I were to do it all over again I would have added more garlic to the lamb and more rosemary to the oil and lemon. Also ...

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