Leg of Lamb with Mint Pesto

My wife’s family has been helping us repair our bathroom. So for a thank you dinner one evening we decided to cook up some lamb and potatoes. A unique twist to an Irish fare.

  • Lamb
    • 4 lbs lamb legs deboned and butterflied to an 1 1/2 in thickness.
    • Combine in a bowl:
      • 10-12 garlic cloves thinly sliced
      • 1/2 cup rosemary leaves thinly sliced
      • 1 1/3 cup olive oil
      • 4 lemons halved and squeezed
    • Put lamb in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
    • Place in the fridge overnight.
  • Potatoes
    • 5 lbs of small yellow new potatoes.
    • Parboil the night before.
    • Shock the potatoes in an ice-bath.
    • Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
    • Place in the fridge overnight.

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  • Mint pesto for lamb.
    • In a blender combine the following:
      • 12 garlic cloves
      • 4 oz of pine nuts
      • 4 oz parmigiano reggiano
      • 1 cup basil leaves
      • 3 cups mint leaves
      • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • Pulse a few times to start breaking up the ingredients.
    • Run the blender to make a paste, add to thin out the mixture:
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • salt and pepper to taste

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    • Heat the grill to medium high.
    • Place lamb on the grill with the fat side down.
    • Close the lid for 10-15 minutes.

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    • Flip the meat over.
    • Close the lid and let cook for another 10-15 minutes.
    • The lamb will need to be 130 F for medium rare.
    • Take lamb and place on a cutting board.
    • Cover with foil let the meat rest for 10-15 minutes.

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  • Potatoes
    • 2 bunches of scallions cut into 1-2 in strips.
      • Saute for 2-3 minutes
    • Add 2 tbsp chopped garlic
    • Add to deglaze the pot:
      • 1/2 cup white wine
      • 1/2 cup water
    • Add potatoes and cover the pot.
    • Turn down the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Vegetables
    • Saute
      • 1 head of broccoli
      • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
      • 1/4 cup lemon juice
      • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
      • salt and pepper to taste

The final plate with the sliced lamb with the pesto sauce placed over it along with the potatoes and vegetables.

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