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Oct 1, 2008 07:49 PM

Leg of lamb?

Does anyone know of a good place where I can buy a leg of lamb? Fairly large to feed about 20 ppl....The only place that I can think of is St. Lawerence, but I'm wondering if anyone's got any better ideas. Location must be downtown...also if you could post how much you paid for it, that'd be great!

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  1. I don't think it's possible for one leg of lamb to feed 20 people.

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    1. re: JamieK

      A leg is only 4-5 lb, bone in. Any larger and it is mutton.
      If I had to feed 20, I would avoid larger legs, and ask Cumbrae or other reliable butchers to prepare 3 boneless stuffed legs. Cumbrae has their own supply of special lambs, and their stuffing is sure to be good.

      481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

    2. My wife and I purchase 99% of our meats from Whitehouse meats at 2978 Bloor Street West. They also have other stores at St Lawrence Market, and 1523 Bayview Ave.
      They sell only Ontario Lamb which imho is far better than anything from down under. We have purchased a boneless leg marinated in red wine, olive oil, rosemary and bay leaf, which is really nice. They also have bone in leg of lamb not marinated, chops, lamb ribs, and minced lamb every time I’m in the store, which is at least once a week.

      As people have said above one leg will not feed 20 people. You could purchase 2 very large legs of mutton, and make a stew by simmering it for 3-5 hours in liquid (stock, wine or beer or all 3) aka Irish Stew. Add some vegetables for the last hour or two, which will serve 20 people. Mutton braised for 5 hours or more is rather tasty, however, imho you can not eat mutton unless it is braised for many, many hours. It is very tough and is not edible unless braised for many, many hours. Also, Whitehouse meats does not sell mutton and I’m not sure where to purchase mutton in Toronto anymore. It’s been a few years since I purchased mutton and the store that I did get it from has closed down.

      1. Is this the only thing filling 20 people, or is it, say, alongside turkey for Thanksgiving? As others have said, a leg of lamb isn't going to feed 20 people; you would need to get more than one. Cumbrae's is good, and there was recently a thread on where to get good, Ontario lamb (just search for it).

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        1. re: tjr

          I had the Costco leg of lamb ( one hour of indirect heat on the BBQ) and thought it was excellent, but I don't consider myself much of an expert. Anybody else tried it?

          1. re: hungryforquality

            Many people seem to prefer their Australian cuts to the long established New Zealand lambs.

        2. Sorry, should have mentioned that I'm also serving a turkey

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          1. re: Frosty

            Frosty, do you have any preference as to which country your lamb comes from?

          2. New Zealand fresh boneless lamb leg is 13.21 /kg this week at Loblaws.