Moroccan spice-rubbed leg of lamb

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N Zest from 2 lemons-julienned
½ cup Fresh lemon juice
¼ cup Honey
2 teaspoons Coriander seeds - cracked
1 teaspoon Ground cardamom
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Sweet paprika
1 teaspoon Tumeric
¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
7½ pounds Boneless leg of lamb, rolled -and tied
1 \N Whole unpeeled head garlic, -halved horizontally
\N \N Kosher salt & fresh pepper
2 tablespoons Olive oil

(Note: leftovers are great in pita bread with yogurt-cucumber sauce!) Preheat oven to 375 F. In small saucepan of boiling water, blanch the lemon zest until softened and pale, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and honey.

In a small skillet, combine coriander, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, tumeric and cayenne. Toast the spices over high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Light grill or heat a grill pan. Rub the lan\\mb all over with the cut sides of the garlic. Coat well with the toasted spices. Season with salt and pepper and brush with the oil. Grill the lamb over moderate heat until well-browned all over, about 5 minutes per side.

Transfer the leg of lamb to a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 1¼ hours. Brush the lamb liberally with the honey-lemon sauce and roast for about 15 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 140 F for medium-rare meat.

Transfer the lamb to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving. Pour the pan juices into a sauceboat and serve alongside the lamb.

Reprinted from Food and Wine Magazine, July 1996.

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