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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

Sun-Dried Tomato and Herb-Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Stuff and roll the roast the day before; remove from the refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.

Cooking Light APRIL 2007

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 (1 1/2-ounce) slice sourdough bread
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) rolled boneless leg of lamb

Preparation

Combine 1 cup boiling water and tomatoes in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and chop.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes and 2 garlic cloves; sauté 1 minute. Stir in 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Place bread in a food processor; pulse 25 times or until coarse crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Stir crumbs into shallot mixture.

Unroll roast; trim fat. Place roast between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 3/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle roast with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spread breadcrumb mixture over roast. Reroll roast; secure at 1-inch intervals with twine. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 minced garlic cloves; rub over roast.

Place roast on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Remove roast from oven; cover loosely with foil. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) or until desired degree of doneness. Let roast stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Wine note: Lamb stars in most Mediterranean cuisines. Thus, it's traditionally paired with a score of different wines. My favorite is syrah, which is rich and mouth-filling with an earthy, meaty character that perfectly underscores the luscious meatiness of lamb. A terrific syrah bargain: Grand Archer Syrah 2003 from Sonoma County, California ($20). --Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 231
  • Calories from fat: 48%
  • Fat: 12.4g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 23.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.8g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 506mg
  • Calcium: 22mg
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