Olive-and-Spice-Rubbed Leg of Lamb

Total Time:
3 hr 5 min
2 hr 40 min
25 min

8 servings

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup pitted mixed green and black olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 5 - to 7-pound boneless leg of lamb, butterflied and trimmed of surface fat (have the butcher do this for you)
  • Puree the garlic, paprika, coriander, cumin, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into a paste in a mini food processor. Add the olives, parsley, cilantro and lemon juice; pulse to chop. Add the butter and pulse to incorporate all the ingredients.

  • Cut the lamb along a natural seam into 2 equal pieces. Rub the olive-spice mixture evenly all over the lamb; cover and refrigerate for 2 to 6 hours.

  • Bring the lamb to room temperature about 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat the broiler and line a broiler pan with foil. Place the lamb smooth-side down on the pan. Broil just until charred, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven; carefully turn the lamb, using tongs. Return to the oven; broil until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 125 to 130 degrees, about 10 more minutes.

  • Transfer the lamb to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice across the grain and arrange on a platter.

  • Photography by Con Poulos

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