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Pear-Marinated Roast Leg of Lamb


The enzymes found in pears tenderize this roast lamb, while garlic and herbs add flavor. The dish, from Corey Lee, chef-owner at San Francisco restaurant Benu, goes well with roasted pears and shallots. This recipe first appeared with the 2015 SAVEUR 100 item A New/Old Use for Pear Juice.

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  • Ingredients
  •  1 (10–12-lb.) bone-in leg of lamb, shank bone exposed
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  •  1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  •  1⁄3 cup roughly chopped rosemary
  •  2 tbsp. roughly chopped thyme
  •  6 cloves garlic, unpeeled and crushed
  •  Zest of 1 lemon, using a vegetable peeler
  •  1 Asian pear, peeled and coarsely grated
  •  1⁄4 cup canola oil
  •  8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed


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Step 1


1 Season lamb with salt and pepper. Simmer olive oil in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium. Add rosemary, thyme, garlic, and lemon zest; let cool. Stir in pear and rub over lamb; chill overnight.

2 The next day, heat oven to 325°. Brush marinade from lamb and pat dry using paper towels. Heat canola oil in a roasting pan over medium-high. Season lamb with salt and pepper; cook, turning as needed, until browned, 15–20 minutes. Add butter and transfer to oven; roast, basting occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of lamb reads 130°, 1½–2 hours for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

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