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Loblaw's PC Roast Lamb (Semi-Boneless) is outstanding !

Bigtigger | Feb 9, 200806:19 PM

Just out of curiosity, I purchased one of the PC roasts the other day - think it was about $24 - and threw it into the fridge, noting the instructions that it should be defrosted there for 48 hrs before roasting. Bored and hungry tonight, I threw it into the oven, leaving it at 425 for 20-25 mins, then reducing the temp to 275 for 65-70 mins, after which I turned the oven off, but left the roast in. (This is a significant deviation from Loblaw's instructions - pre-heat to 425, then reduce temp to 325 and roast 90-120 mins. But in my oven - and a cold fridge - it worked a treat.)

The roast was pink through, and after sitting for 30 mins, it sliced easily, both thick and thin. It was redolent of rosemary and garlic: both were light to the palate but distinct and not artificial in flavour. Another time I would probably rub the roast with a clove or two of puréed garlic prior to roasting, or with some garlic butter while standing after cooking. The texture remained tender and juicy even as the meat cooled.

The roast sat in a good amount of thick meat jus, surrounded by grease which was easily poured off, the balance blotted away. The jus then formed the basis of a tasty pan gravy with the addition of some leftover tea, few dashes of gravy flour (super-fine), some dijon and salt and pepper which I blended in the pan over a stove burner.

The package claims it serves 10-12 - no way. The roast part is nearly fat free, but the leg (3.3 lbs - 53 oz - 1.5 kilo) tapers quickly to inevitably medium-well meat and more fat/gristle for its last 1/3rd/1/4. I would say it would feed 3 couples, 6 people, just fine. Four guys could demolish it in a trice.

An outstanding offering - you really wouldn't believe this is a mass-produced product. A reasonable price for lamb - and a HUGE convenience having most of the seasoning and all of the trimming done for one. Well one Loblaw's !

Anyone else had the same experience ?

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