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Roasted leg of lamb with artichokes, fennel and red bliss potatoes

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Serves 8-10 Servings
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Ingredients

For the lamb:
  • 1 8 to 10-pound leg of lamb, boned, reserving bones
  • 8 sprig rosemary, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 6 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • For the veggies:
  • 1 8 to 10-pound leg of lamb, boned, reserving bones
  • 8 sprig rosemary, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 6 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut in 1/2
  • 12 baby artichokes
  • 2 bulb fennel, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 pound red bliss potatoes, about 20, cut into quarters
  • 10 pound whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bottle dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon bundle thyme, about 10 sprigs tied together with string
  • 5 teaspoon bay leaves
  • Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    For the lamb: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

    Cut the lamb into 2 equal halves and butterfly each half.

    Remove any huge gobs of fat.

    Sprinkle each piece of the meat generously with salt, chopped rosemary, and sliced garlic.

    Drizzle the meat with olive oil.

    Massage the salt, rosemary, garlic and oil into the lamb.

    Roll each piece of lamb and tie with butcher twine.

    Sprinkle generously with salt.

    Reserve while you prepare the veggies.

    For the vegetables: Fill a bowl with water and squeeze the lemon into the water and add the lemon halves as well.

    Remove the tough outer leaves of the artichokes.

    Stop when you get to the healthy, fresh light green looking leaves.

    Trim off any dark green or brown on the stem as well.

    Cut the in half and add to bowl of lemon water.

    Remove the artichokes from the water and add with the fennel, potatoes, garlic and crushed red pepper to a large roasting pan.

    Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt.

    Add the wine, thyme and bay leaves.

    Nestle the lamb bones in the veggie mixture and place the 2 lamb roasts on the bones.

    Drizzle with olive oil and place in the preheated oven.

    Roast the lamb for about 20 minutes, or until brown.

    Baste with juices and turn the lamb over and brown on the other side for about 20 minutes.

    Turn the lamb back over and baste again with the juices.

    Rearrange the veggies if they begin to burn.

    Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and roast for another 60 minutes.

    Baste the lamb occasionally during the cooking process and add water to the pan if the liquid reduces too much.

    Remove the lamb from the oven and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Carve the lamb as desired and serve with the veggies and pan juices.

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