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Frosty Oct 1, 2008 07:49 PM

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. JamieK Oct 1, 2008 09:05 PM

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

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      jayt90 Oct 1, 2008 09:10 PM

      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.

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    2. Pastryrocks Oct 1, 2008 11:37 PM

      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.

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        tjr Oct 2, 2008 12:40 PM

        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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          hungryforquality Oct 2, 2008 06:06 PM

          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?

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            jayt90 Oct 2, 2008 06:22 PM

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

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          Frosty Oct 2, 2008 06:22 PM

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

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            Googs Oct 3, 2008 07:18 AM

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

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            Fat Swine Oct 3, 2008 02:01 PM

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

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              KevinB Oct 3, 2008 07:36 PM

              We have always been happy with the marinated and butterflied leg of lamb we get from Bruno's. There's one on Yonge, just north of St. Clair. (They validate parking!). Can't remember what we paid for it, but it was very tasty, and having it butterflied makes it way easier to cook (even on a grill, if it's not too cold). Just a hunch on my part, but I'd suspect it was way cheaper than what we would have paid at Cumbrae's or other high end spots.

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                embee Oct 4, 2008 07:49 AM

                Meat pricing at Bruno's and Cumbrae's is fairly equivalent for items of similar quality.

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