I am going to avoid using the terms american or frenched because I don't fully understand what they mean.

But I am going to be roasting a full leg of lamb, including the shank. Most of the recipies I am looking at don't really make any distinction, they just say leg of lamb. In general, do I need to prepare anything differently when I am roasting a full leg of lamb vs just the upper part of the leg?

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Lamb shank (lower leg) is best served by long, slow cooking. (It is my favorite cut of lamb.) The upper leg is, in my opinion, best roasted until just pink, although it does not suffer unduly from longer and slower cooking than does, e.g., its beef counterpart. BBC Food, e.g., has a couple of brief discussions on shank and leg.

The trick with cooking both together is to marry the times and temperatures so that both are at their best. My suggestion (I have not tried this) would be long and slow braising with both, then, when the shank completes, remove the shank and liquid and finish off the leg at a higher than normal roasting temperature to give it a nice surface. I don't think it will quite the pinkness I like, but it should still be a tasty meal.

  • Interesting, I will need to give this a try next time. I cooked it all the same this time so the shank did come out a little more well done, but given that the upper leg came out rare, it was good to have some more well done parts to serve some of the guests. Apr 17, 2017 at 0:16

No, just carry on as normal. If you find the 'shank' over cooking, cover it with tin foil.

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