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Pork and Herb Stuffing

November 11, 2021 | Laura Bullock

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Pork and Herb Stuffing for Lamb Julia Child Recipe

✽Recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I | Julia Child✽

Recipe 185

- Farce de Porc [Pork and Herb Stuffing], p. 336

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I was written by Julia Child who co-authored with Simone Beck & Louisette Bertholle and was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961. You can buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I which contains this recipe here. (affiliate link)

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Pork & Herb Stuffing- Butter Count & Cost

✽ Butter Count: +2 TB

✽ Cost: $34.97 [~$4.37 per serving]

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Pork inside lamb? Yes, please.

This will be my fifth lamb leg recipe! We are moving right along. I'll be honest. The last stuffed lamb leg was a little bit disappointing. The lamb was stuffed with a garlic and herb stuffing, and I just felt like it didn't add anything to the lamb. Wasn't worth the effort in my opinion. Going into this recipe, I was hoping that I wouldn't be let down again.

Pork and Herb Stuffing Rating

✽ Laura's Rating: 9

✽ Brian's Rating: 8.5

This recipe changed my entire opinion about stuffed lamb legs. We went from such a mediocre recipe to this amazing creation. The ground pork stuffing was so delicious and just elevated the tastiness of the lamb leg. I even took the leftover pork stuffing and sauteed it, piled in on a piece of French bread, and had some awesome appetizers while the leg of lamb was in the oven. I am so excited to have these leftovers.

Pork and Herb Stuffing: Questions

Can I use a mini lamb leg?

Absolutely. For the past 4 lamb recipes that I made from Mastering the Art of French Cooking I used an entire lamb leg. It was so much food. We had so many lamb sandwiches, random lamb throw-togethers, and there's still some lamb in my freezer right now. You could say that I was swimming in lamb. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it's a lot. I found these boneless mini lamb legs, and I wasn't sure if they would work well. I cut the end of the lamb leg (where the bone was) a little bit further, and put the stuffing in there. It ended up working great!

Leftover Pork Stuffing

If you end up using a smaller lamb leg or just can't fit all the stuffing into the leg, you don't have to throw away the leftover stuffing! I simply just threw the leftover stuffing into a small saucepan, and sauteed it on medium heat until the pork was cooked through. I served it on top of a piece of toasted bread. It was a delightful appetizer while we waited for the lamb to be done!

How long should I cook the lamb leg?

I've experimented a little with the timing, and I found that 27 minutes per pound at 350°F gives me a perfect medium rare lamb.

Fun Facts about Lamb

• May 7th is National Roast Leg of Lamb Day.

• The average American only eats less than a pound of lamb a year.. My husband and I definitely are an outlier. On the other hand, the average person eats 85 pounds of beef!

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How to Make Pork and Herb Stuffing

Julia Child's Sauteed Onions

First up- onions cooked in butter until tender! All great recipes begin this way.

Julia Child's Lamb Stuffing

Now breadcrumbs are soaked in stock. I used a loaf of fresh French bread and threw it in the food processor to make fresh breadcrumbs. After soaking, the breadcrumbs are drained and pressed so a lot of the liquid is removed. This liquid can be saved to make a sauce later!

Everything is then mixed together- sauteed onions, soaked breadcrumbs, fresh ground pork, garlic, sage, parsley, allspice, salt/pepper, and an egg. The stuffing is placed into the lamb and everything is tied up.

Julia Child's Farce de Porc

The lamb is roasted, rested, cut, and then enjoyed! If desired, you can make a sauce, but I find that this stuffed lamb leg doesn't even need it to be delicious.

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Category: Julia Child, Meat Cuisine: French
Keywords: stuffed lamb leg, pork stuffing, julia child recipe

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November 11, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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