Roast Lamb with Peppers and Mint Gremolata

roast-lamb-peppers Recipe
Rita Maas

Yield:

Serves 8 (serving size: 4 ounces lamb, 1/2 cup vegetables, 2 tablespoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon gremolata)

Nutritional Information

Calories 321
Fat 22 g
Satfat 7 g
Monofat 11 g
Polyfat 2 g
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 62 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 295 mg
Calcium 48 mg

Ingredients

Lamb:
5 cups vertically sliced red onion (about 2 onions)
2 cups yellow bell pepper strips (about 2 peppers)
2 cups orange bell pepper strips (about 2 peppers)
2 cups red bell peppers strips (about 2 peppers)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (7 1/2-pound) leg of lamb, trimmed
1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Gremolata:
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, minced

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 450°. To prepare the lamb, combine the first 8 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl; add 4 tablespoons of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss well to combine. Place the vegetable mixture in the center of a large, deep roasting pan. Rub the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the lamb, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Place the lamb on top of the vegetable mixture. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the lamb. Bake at 450° for 50 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350° (do not remove the lamb from the oven). Bake 20 minutes more, or until the thermometer registers 150° (for medium-rare). Roast to desired degree of doneness, stirring the vegetables every 15 minutes. Place the roast on a heated platter, and cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Drain the vegetables through a fine sieve into a bowl (reserve the liquid for sauce). Place the vegetables in a bowl, and stir in the parsley and vinegar.

To prepare the gremolata, combine the ingredients in a small bowl, and toss to combine. Serve a small spoonful with the lamb.

April 2003
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