Roast Lamb with Tahini Sauce

Middle Eastern Roast Lamb with Tahini Sauce by eatingwell.com

Ingredients

  • 8 clove(s) (medium) garlic, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1 (4-pound) boneless leg of lamb, butterflied and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup(s) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup(s) tahini
  • 1/2 cup(s) minced fresh parsley
  • 6 tablespoon(s) nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
  • 1/4 cup(s) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Mince 6 garlic cloves. Place in a small bowl with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and mash into a paste using the back of a spoon. Stir in oil, mace, cardamom, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne until combined.
  2. Open lamb so it’s flat, with the cut side up. Spread 3/4 of the spice paste over the cut surface. Roll the lamb closed and tie in several places so it is about the shape of a large football. Spread the remaining paste over the outside. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Mince the remaining 2 garlic cloves. Combine with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl with lemon juice, tahini, parsley, yogurt, water, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. About 20 minutes before you are ready to grill, preheat a gas grill (with all burners lit) to 400°F.
  5. If using a gas grill, turn off one burner (leaving 1 to 2 burners lit, depending on your grill). If using a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side. Place the lamb on the unheated side of the grill rack. Close the lid and roast undisturbed for 30 minutes.
  6. Rotate the lamb 180 degrees, cover, and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 140°F (for medium-rare) to 145° (for medium), 20 to 40 minutes more. Transfer to a clean cutting board; let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the tahini sauce.
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