How to Carve a Leg of Lamb

A leg of lamb on a cutting board
Photo: James Baigrie

Show off your knife skills in 4 simple steps.

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Step One

A leg of lamb on a cutting board
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Place the leg of lamb on its side on a cutting board. Starting on the outside, cut thin slices parallel to the bone until you reach the bone. Transfer slices to a platter.

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Step Two

Slicing a leg of lamb
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Turn the leg onto the cut side so that it sits level. Begin slicing the meat perpendicular to the bone. You won't hit the bone for the first few slices.

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Step Three

Carving a leg of lamb
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Once the knife hits the bone, continue slicing across the meat and above the bone until you reach the end of the leg.

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Step Four

A carved leg of lamb
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To separate the meat slices from the bone, make a long horizontal slice along the top of it, and then transfer slices to the platter. Don't waste the flavorful meat left on the bone: Pick it off with your fingers or a fork and save it for sandwiches or stews.

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