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.

Lemon and Rosemary Lamb

Leg of Lamb with Lemon and Rosemary by A Year of Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds whole leg of lamb
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon, juiced)

Directions

  1. Use a 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey, dijon, the spices, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir with a spoon to form a paste. Smear this paste on all sides of the lamb roast. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The lamb should be easy to cut with a fork when it is done.

Gyro Pasta

A few weeks ago we had a wedding reception for my brother, Joey, who got married in May down in Texas. He is in the army and is stationed in El Paso, TX. The family came up to meet our family and it was a wonderful time. My dad rediscovered gyros a few years ago when he found a gyro shop in downtown Appleton, WI called Gyro Kabob. It is a delicious little restaurant with authentic gyros, greasy fries, and cheap prices. Even my mom, who is a little picky when it comes to what she likes to eat, thinks it is amazing. Needless to say Joey’s wedding reception was the perfect excuse for my parents to introduce the rest of our family and our new Texan relatives to Gyro Kabob.

The gyros were a hit – so popular we ran out of pita bread! This left us with a few bags of gyro meat. Jason and I were lucky enough to bring some back with us. I recently defrosted some of the meat and made this pasta dish with it. Jason has devoured most all of it in the past few days. Since gyro meat is just shaved and seasoned lamb meat, you could use lamb or beef in this recipe.


Ingredients:
– Spaghetti Noodles
– 3 cups shaved gyro meat
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 cups green beans, chunked
– 2 whole carrots, sliced
– Garlic-herb infused oil*
– Feta cheese, crumbled**

Directions
1. Cook the noodles as directed. Make at least 3 servings per package directions.
2. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp oil. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the carrots and green beans and cook until the carrots are bright orange.
3. Add the gyro meat and top with about 1/4 cup oil.*** Add the pasta to the skillet, and stir well. Simmer for 3-5 minutes with the lid on. Serve warm with feta cheese.

*I made this a few months ago with dried garlic, basil, and oregano. Just throw the dried herbs in a sealed container of oil and let sit for a few hours before using. If you don’t have this or want to make it, just use regular olive oil and add some garlic, basil, and oregano to the pan.

**Feta cheese usually comes in a chunk or crumbled. While the crumbled appears cheaper at first glance, it is usually twice as expensive when you look at the ounce price. Go for the chunk of feta and crumble it on your own to get more bang for your buck.

***It is not necessary to use this much oil, but I used it in place of sauce. 1/4 cup is 3 TBSP, so together this dish has 1 TBSP oil per serving