New Orleans-style Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
35 min
15 min
1 hr 20 min

8 servings

  • 1/4 pound pancetta or bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 5 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 large cooked artichoke hearts, trimmed and diced, leaves reserved for another use
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 (4 1/2 to 5-pound) boned, butterflied leg of lamb
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large skillet, cook the pancetta until the fat is rendered and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. To the fat remaining in the pan, add the onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the bread crumbs and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley and oregano, stir, and remove from the heat. Spread on a plate to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cooled breadcrumb mixture with the cooked pancetta, artichoke hearts, Romano cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon of the Essence. Stir until well blended. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Spread the butterflied leg of lamb, boned side up, on a work surface with the grain of the meat running left to right. Spread the bread crumb mixture across the meat, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Roll the meat over the stuffing, jelly-roll fashion, and tuck in the ends. Tie with kitchen twine every 2 inches. Rub the olive oil over the surface of the meat and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of Essence. Place in a heavy roasting pan and roast until brown and tender, and an instant read thermometer registers 140 degrees F. for medium-rare, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving. To serve, remove the kitchen twine and slice.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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