Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan
Yield
8 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces lamb and 2 tablespoons harissa)

Spice up a holiday dinner with this sultry combo of rich lamb basted with pomegranate molasses and a fiery sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare harissa, place the first 4 ingredients in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon garlic and spice mixture; cook 1 minute or until garlic is golden and spices are fragrant, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, mint, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour or until mixture thickens to a paste, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; chill until ready to use.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 3

To prepare lamb, combine molasses, ginger, 1 tablespoon garlic, and shallots. Unroll lamb; sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper over both sides. Spread half of molasses mixture on top of lamb. Reroll lamb; secure at 1-inch intervals with twine. Place on a broiler pan; rub remaining pomegranate mixture over outside of lamb. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until a thermometer registers 125°. Place roast on a platter; let stand 15 minutes. Serve with harissa.

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Ratings & Reviews

maramc1's Review

maramc1
November 12, 2009
Delicious! I made it with lamb loin chops because I was making it for 2. It's really all about the sauce though - amazing! Excellent flavor with just the right spice and a hint of mint. I could't find pomegranite molasses so I made it myself -- found a recipe on line. Pomegranite juice, lemon and sugar and simmer down to a syrup. I'll make this again, this time for company!