Roast Lamb Feast
by: Three Many Cooks
- Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup minced fresh rosemary
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
- 1 butterflied leg of lamb, 4½ to 5 pounds
- tablespoons butter, divided
- tablespoons olive oil, divided
- /2 pounds golden yellow potatoes, peeled and halved
- pound carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- large onions, peeled, halved, and each half quartered
- pounds of asparagus, tough end snapped off
- teaspoon finely grated lemon zest; lemon cut into eighths
- bags (2 pounds) frozen peas
- /4 cup chopped fresh mint
- For the lamb, mix oil, rosemary, garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1½ teaspoons pepper in a small bowl; rub mixture on both sides of lamb. (Can be set aside at room temperature up to 2 hours.)
- When ready to roast, set a large heavy-duty roasting pan over 2 burners at medium-high heat. When pan is hot add lamb; cook, turning only once, until well browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer lamb to a large rack; do not wash roasting pan.
- For the vegetables, adjust oven racks to lowest and upper positions and heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Bring potatoes with water to cover to boil in a small pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until potato surface is just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain water, cover, and shake pot to give potatoes a “ fluffy” surface; turn into roasting pan, along with carrots and potatoes; drizzle with butter mixture along with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper; shake roasting pan to coat. Set lamb on rack over roasting pan; roast until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast registers 135 for medium-rare and 140 degrees for medium, about 30 minutes. Remove rack and lamb from roasting pan; let lamb rest. Return roasting pan of vegetables to oven and increase temperature to 450 degrees.
- While lamb roasts, toss asparagus with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper on a large rimmed baking pan. Place peas, mint, remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap.
- While lamb rests, roast asparagus on upper oven rack until bright green and tender-crisp (tossing with lemon zest post oven) and potatoes, carrots, and onions until nicely browned, about 10 minutes longer. Microwave peas on high power until very hot, 8 to 10 minutes.
- When ready to serve, slice as much lamb as you think you’ll eat. Arrange all on a large platter. Garnish with lemons for squeezing on lamb. Serve.
This recipe is fantastic. Especially the potatoes. I rolled up the butterflied leg with a persillade stuffing, because I couldn’t resist farting around. But man, those spuds! I’ll never roast potatoes any other way ever again. Thanks!
So greatful for your work ladies helped me impress in the kitchen 😉