Take the bone out of a small leg of MUTTON, without spoiling the skin if possible, then cut off most of the fat. Fill the hole whence the bone was taken with a stuffing made the same as for FOWLS, adding to it part of an onion finely minced. Sew the leg up underneath to prevent the Dressing or stuffing from falling out. Bind and tie it up compactly; put it in a ROASTing pan, turn in a cup of hot water and place it in a moderately hot oven, basting it occasionally. When partly cooked season with salt and pepper. When thoroughly cooked, remove and place the leg on a warm platter; skim the grease from the top of the drippings, add a cup of water and thicken with a spoonful of dissolved flour. Send the gravy to the table in a gravy dish, also a dish of currant jelly.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)