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Garlic-Roasted Lamb with Oregano Pesto

Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (2-pound) rolled boneless leg of lamb
  • 1/4 cup Oregano Pesto
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 whole garlic head

How to Make It

  1. Unroll roast, and trim fat. Spread 1 tablespoon Oregano Pesto into the folds of the roast. Reroll roast, and secure at 1-inch intervals with heavy string. Make several 1/2-inch-deep slits in surface of roast; stuff garlic slices into slits. Cut 3 additional 1/2-inch-deep slits in surface of roast; stuff 1 teaspoon pesto into each slit. Spread remaining pesto over surface of roast, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place roast on a broiler pan, and insert meat thermometer into thickest portion of roast; set aside.

  2. Remove the white, papery skin of whole garlic head, making sure not to separate the cloves. Wrap the garlic head in aluminum foil.

  3. Bake roast and garlic side by side at 325° for 45 minutes. Remove garlic from oven; set aside. Bake roast 40 more minutes or until thermometer registers 150° (medium-rare). Let roast stand 10 minutes before slicing. Separate garlic head into cloves, and serve with roast.