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Seven-hour lamb

Seven-hour lamb

Seven-hour lamb is a good old country recipe and very simple. There's really not much to do, just long, slow cooking and the result is always amazing: the lamb is so tender it can be cut with a fork.


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Last modified on: April 20th 2014

For 1 leg of lamb, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
23 min.7 hours 10 min.7 hours 33 min.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
10 min.
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #1 Prepare 1 onion.

Prepare 1 carrot and

peel 3 cloves garlic.
Stage 2
3 min.
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #2 Salt and pepper the lamb all over.
Stage 3
5 min.
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #3 Place the lamb in an oven cooking bag (roasting bag) with the carrots, onion and cloves of garlic. Pour in 1 glass dry white wine.

If you do not have a roasting bag, use a casserole dish with a lid.
Stage 4
7 hours
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #4 Cook in the oven at 120°C (250°F) for 7 hours.
Stage 5
10 min.
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #5 Towards the end of this cooking time, turn the oven up to 200°C (390°F) for the last 10 minutes.
Stage 6
5 min.
Seven-hour lamb : Photo of step #6 Turn the lamb out gently onto the serving plate. Discard the bone and cloves of garlic.

Serve the dish in the centre of the table so that your guests can serve themselves with a fork.


When buying your leg of lamb, there is no need to ask the butcher to de-bone it. In fact, if you cook it on the bone, this will improve the flavour.

Do choose locally produced lamb if at all possible, which has not already come halfway round the world before ending up in your kirchen. Trust your butcher!

The 7-hour cooking time is not absolutely fixed, so if you raise the temperature, you can reduce the cooking time: 5 hours at 150°C (300°F), for example.

You can accompany the lamb with just about anything you choose: vegetables, potatoes, pasta, rice, etc. Simply serve the cooking juices in a jug or drain them off from the bag 10 minutes before the end of cooking and reduce them over low heat.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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And to drink?: A robust red wine, such as a Shiraz.


Home made.

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