Leg of Lamb with Crispy Onions

Leg of Lamb with Crispy Onions

Serves 6 to 8

Company-worthy roasted lamb is enhanced by the earthy, herbal flavors of caraway and rosemary. Take advantage of the time your lamb roast is resting to make these simple crispy onion rings, no fryer necessary.

Ingredients: 
  • 4 teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed with the side of a skillet or a mortar and pestle
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2-pound) boneless leg of lamb
  • Olive or canola spray oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup rye flour or all-purpose flour
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Method: 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, combine caraway seeds, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Rub mixture all over lamb. Tie lamb together into a small roast.

In a large ovenproof skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add lamb and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Place the skillet in the oven and roast about 1 hour 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into lamb reaches 145°F for medium (temperature will rise 5°F to 10°F upon standing). Let rest 15 minutes before slicing. When lamb is finished cooking, increase the oven temperature to 450°F.

While lamb is roasting, prepare onion rings. Oil 2 large rimmed baking sheets with spray oil. Separate onion slices into individual rings. Place buttermilk in a small bowl and place flour and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a separate medium bowl. Dip each onion ring in buttermilk, then toss onion ring in flour to coat. Tap onion ring on the bowl to remove excess flour. Place on the prepared baking sheets and repeat with remaining onion rings, keeping in a single layer. Spray coated onion rings with spray oil and bake 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over each ring. Return to the oven, switching racks and bake 7 to 8 minutes longer or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately with sliced lamb.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:470 calories (260 from fat), 28g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 28g protein
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