Stuff Leg of Lamb w/Balsamic-Fig-Basil Sauce
- 1/2 cup prunes, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup currants
- 2 tbsp creme de cassis liquer
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
- 1/2 tsp coriander, grounded
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (4 lb) boneless leg of lamb, rolled and tied
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted and salted almonds
- 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, cut into thirds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 5 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup stemmed Calimyrna figs, thinly sliced
- 5 tsp fresh basil, chopped
- 6 leaves of mint
- 6 leaves of basil
Preparation time 50mins
Cooking time 120mins
Adapted from google images
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 degree C).
2.) Combine the chopped prunes and currants with the creme de cassis in a small bowl, and set aside. In another small bowl, combine the rosemary, thyme, coriander, salt, and pepper; set aside.
3.) Untie and unroll the lamb, lay it out flat on the work surface. Trim off excess fat, and cut any thick parts open so that it is evenly thick and somewhat rectangular in shape. Sprinkle half of the herb mixture over the lamb. Mix the almonds and chopped mint into the prune mixture; spread evenly over the lamb. Roll up starting at one of the short sides, and tie with kitchen twine in 1" intervals. Cut 9 slits about 1" deep into the top of the lamb, and insert a slice of garlic in each. Rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with the remaining herb mixture.
4.) Place lamb seam-side up on a rack set in a roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven to desired doneness. For med-rare, a thermometer inserted into the center will read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Remove lamb from the oven and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 15 minutes while proceeding with the recipe.
5.) While the lamb is resting, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Boil until the vinegar has reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Once reduced, stir in the butter, honey, and sliced figs. Stir until the butter has melted, then remove from the heat, stir in the chopped basil and set aside.
6.) To serve, remove the twine from the lamb and cut into 1/2" thick slices. Arrange on a warm serving platter and drizzle with the fig sauce, garnish with mint and basil leaves.
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