Boiled Leg of Mutton

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Appears in
A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

  • About

If you lack a large oval pan, remove – or ask the butcher to – the shin bone of the mutton to produce a more compact joint. For the sake of variety, a zampone or cotechino sausage can be served alongside the mutton.


  • 1 leg of mutton, weighing 2.5–3 kg (5 lb 8 oz


Trim the mutton leg of any excess fat and place in a large, deep, ideally oval, pan. Cover with cold water and bring to a gentle simmer. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, then skim off any fat or scum that has risen to the surface. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pan with the herbs and spices. Cook the leg at the gentlest of simmers for a full 4 hours, without letting it boil, and repl