Easter Roast Leg of Kid with Truffle

 Roast Leg of Kid

One of the must of Easter Italian menu is the roast leg of lamb, that usually is served with baked potatoes and vegetables. Lamb is an ancient symbol present both in Jewish and Christian religion: in the exodus the sacrifice of a lamb or a goat kid saves the firstborn Jews by divine punishment that befell the people of Egypt; Jesus Christ is called Angus Dei (Lamb of God) sacrificed like an innocent and pure lamb.

Among the Italian Easter foods traditions you can find sweet and salty dishes like Easter cheese bread (Tuscany, Umbria and Marche), torta pasqualina (Ligury), pastiera napoletana (Campania), Cuzzuppa (Calabria), boiled eggs, Easter cake... Each regional cuisine has different recipes but the main ingredients for the Easter Day remain lamb/kid and eggs.

In this article we propose an Easter main course recipe that you can prepare for the Easter dinner. This recipe is enriched by the unique taste of truffle that gives a new flavor to the meat and embellishes your dish.


black truffle

  • Blanch the cabbage leaves and put them aside.
  • Bone the leg leaving only the final part, as if it were a handle and cut halfway down into the leg along the bone so the meat opens out, creating a sort pocket.
  • In a bowl mix the minced meat, the egg, parsley, salt and pepper for the filling.
  • Put the filling inside the leg. Add the truffle flakes, the cabbage, salt and pepper.
  • Season with the chopped herbs, cover the leg with the bacon, wrap the meat back over and tie it tightly with string,
  • Rub the leg's surface with the garlic.
  • Put it in a baking tin, season with extra virgin olive oil and a mix of chopped vegatables like onions, carrot and celery.
  • Once browned, add some white wine and the broth.
  • Bake slowly for 70 minutes at 325 F, being careful not to let it dry.
  • Cut the meat into thin slices and flavor them with the cooking sauce.


The best side dish to accompany the roast leg of kid is baked potatoes, but also artichokes and asparagus are a wonderful combination for your spring menu.


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