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I’m not sure I can think of lamb and Easter without being reminded of one of the funniest movies of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. They go hand in hand! Am I right?
Lamb is such a common dish in Middle Eastern countries, like Greece and Lebanon. My family prepared lamb quite often growing up, especially over holidays. I wanted to take flavors of my childhood and create a simple lamb recipe that brings a taste of the Mediterranean and would be perfect for your holiday table.
Combining simple spices and herbs, both fresh and dried gives this dish a punch of flavor. I especially love roasting meats, like lamb in a dutch oven. My Le Creuset Dutch Oven builds such flavor while roasting, keeping the meat tender and juicy.
Boneless cuts of lamb cook much faster and if braising and sealing in the flavor with a dutch oven, your results will be tender and succulent. Boneless legs of lamb are butterflied making them the perfect avenue to fill with a delicious blend of herbs and spices and wrap back up. Garlic, fresh oregano, fresh thyme, rosemary, sumac and mint create a delicate but strong flavor to stand up to lamb.
Using a Le Creuset Dutch Oven gives you the flexibility to broil, sear and roast all in one pot. I like to broil the top of of the lamb before roasting to give the exterior a nice crispy texture and build flavor while rendering the layer of fat.
After a few hours of roasting, you’ll be enjoying one of the most delicious lamb dishes you’ve ever had. I especially love the flavor of mint and sumac that brighten up the dish. Serve with a side of twisted mashed potatoes, fattoush and fasolia bi zeit and you’ll have the perfect meal.
A beautiful roast lamb for any holiday table. I used my 5.5 quart Dutch oven for this recipe.
- 5 lb boneless leg of lamb
- 15 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 10 stems fresh oregano*
- 5 stems fresh thyme*
- 2 stems fresh rosemary*
- 3 heaping tsp kosher salt (I prefer Diamond brand) + additional for salting lamb*
- 2 Tbsp sumac spice
- 1 Tbsp dried mint
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- squeeze of half a lemon
- 3 large potatoes, cut in quarters
- 2 large onions, cut in quarters
- 3 large carrots, cut in sections of 3
- Begin by carefully scoring the top of the lamb skin to create slits that are deep enough to cut through the skin but not the lamb itself. Make a crisscross pattern.
- Next, salt your lamb, using kosher salt, liberally salt the entire cut of lamb. I usually use a good 4-5 teaspoons of salt. Allow the lamb to rest for 30 minutes salted while you prepare the rub.*
- In the bowl of a food processor, add your garlic, fresh and dried herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. Pulse to create a paste.
- Liberally rub the paste all over the lamb, especially on the inside of the lamb.
- Roll the lamb and secure using cooking twine in the middle and both ends.
- In your large Le Creuset Dutch Oven, place your lamb roast skin side up.
- Add your potatoes, onions and carrots around the lamb.
- With any remaining paste, add in 1/4 cup of water to create a slurry and add to the dutch oven.
- Place in oven on broil, broil for 5-6 minutes, checking regularly. Looking for the top to sear and brown.
- After broiling, lower oven temperature to 375 degrees and cover lamb, roast for 2 hours until temperature reaches 150 with a meat thermometer.
- Remove lid and broil for another few minutes before removing completely.
- Allow lamb to rest for 20 minutes before removing and slicing. Enjoy!
- A little bit about why I use Diamond Salt to prepare and brine my food: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/types-of-kosher-salt/
- If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute dried herbs: 2 Tbsp oregano, 2 tsp thyme, 1 tsp rosemary
- Serving Size: 6-8 servings
Keywords: lamb, roast, Easter, Lebanese, Mediterranean, dinner