Carving a roast leg of lamb can sound terrifying, especially if you’re not used to carving or working with roast meats but a leg joint is actually a very easy joint to carve when you know how. As a nation of Sunday roast lovers, knowing how to expertly carve a leg of lamb is sure to come in handy and will really impress your guests when you next serve this delicious dish.
We’re going to walk you through the six simple steps you need to follow for perfectly sliced meat that’s juicy, tender and delicious. You can find the tools you’ll need below and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for some of our favourite recipes we think you’ll love.
Place your carving fork into the centre of the meatier end of your joint to stop it from wobbling too much as you slice.
Using your carving knife slice a couple of pieces from the end of the joint to create a flat surface. We do this so that once you turn the joint on its side, it will be more steady on your surface and therefore become much easier to slice.
Spin the joint around so the flat surface is resting on the carving board, move your carving fork to a new spot in the meatier end where comfortable and begin making slices downwards towards the bone. Cut all the way through until you hit the bone then move along to your desired thickness to start the next slice. Your slices will still be attached to the joint at this stage so don’t panic when they don’t come away.
Once you have worked your way all the way down the joint, take your carving knife and place it flush to the bone with the sharp edge facing away from you. Gently move the knife in a sawing motion down the length of the bone and your slices will begin to fall. Move these to a plate as you go and set aside for serving.
Once you have cut all of the meat from this side of the joint, flip it over and repeat steps three and four. Depending on your joint you may be able to now cut more meat away from the bone and although you may not get clean slices, these pieces of meat are just as delicious and are great for curries or sandwiches.
Plate up your lamb and serve with roast potatoes, honey roasted vegetables and a rich mint gravy for a tasty roast dinner to impress.