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01.01.2003 -main course - lamb

Leg of Lamb with Apricots and Thyme

« This is a delicious discovery that I first tried when eating with friends. It’s a tender, juicy leg of lamb flavored with a stuffing made from dried apricots, garlic and thyme. Simply succulent, and very easy to prepare! » 
Type main courseleg of lamblambapricots - thyme
Level of difficulty easy
Preparation time Preparation: 15 minutes – Cooking: about 1¼ hours
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Ingredients

Serves 8

 

  • A leg of lamb, weighing about 4½ lb (2 kg)
  • 15 dried apricots
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme (without stems)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Table salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Utensils


  • A mortar and pestle

Preparation

To make the apricot stuffing

 

  • Use the mortar and pestle to crush the thyme with the garlic and a teaspoon of table salt
  • Grind the mixture until you obtain a fine paste, and then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon
  • Chop the dried apricots finely, and then add them to the paste in the mortar
  • Crush, mix well and set aside

To prepare the leg of lamb

 

  • Preheat the oven to 400-450°F (200-225°C)
  • Use a large, sharp knife to score the skin of the lamb all over. Score marks should be about 1-1½″ (3-4 cm) apart and ½″ (1 cm) deep Make sure you don’t score the skin too deeply or the lamb will dry out during cooking
  • Use your hands to stuff each score with apricot stuffing, and also coat the skin with the leftover stuffing
  • Coat the leg with the rest of the olive oil, season all over with salt and pepper and put it in a deep, ovenproof dish
  • As soon as the oven is hot enough, roast the leg of lamb for 1-1½ hours, turning it in the dish after the first ½ hour of cooking.


Presentation


  • Serve the leg of lamb as soon as it comes out of the oven, and carve it into slices just before you eat it.

Suggestion

I recommend that you serve a hot, garlicky gratin dauphinois with this leg of lamb, served in individual little gratin dishes.
 

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Apricot recipes  Apricot recipes
Lamb recipes  Lamb recipes
Leg of lamb recipes  Leg of lamb recipes
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