Mediterranean Leg of Lamb with Roasted Fennel

Mediterranean Leg of Lamb with Roasted Fennel

Serves 10

This roast makes a wonderful centerpiece for a dinner party.

Ingredients: 
  • Marinade
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, Juice and zest of
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup mediterranean blend dried seasoning, reserving 1 teaspoon
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bulbs fennel, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) boneless leg of lamb, tied
  • Gravy
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter mixed with 2 tablespoons flour
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Method: 

For the marinade, combine orange juice, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, wine, Mediterranean seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender until well mixed. Place lamb and marinade in a glass bowl and cover. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature (takes about 1 hour) before roasting.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss fennel in vegetable oil and arrange in the bottom of a roasting pan. Remove lamb from marinade, discarding the marinade. Pat the roast dry, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Place lamb, fat side up, on a roasting rack. Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 300°F and roast for 1 1/2 hours longer, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the lamb reaches 145°F for medium. Allow to rest 20 minutes before carving. Arrange fennel on a serving platter.

For the gravy, while the lamb rests, heat the roasting pan over medium heat. Stir in white wine and scrape up pan drippings. Add chicken broth and reserved Mediterranean spice blend. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Whisk in flour and butter mixture, cooking 2 minutes until gravy thickens. Add lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:500 calories (210 from fat), 24g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 165mg cholesterol, 1540mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 53g protein
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