Apricot and herb stuffed leg of lamb with red wine jus

Now this is a recipe that will blow you away. Since Valentine’s day and Family day is coming up, this is the go-to dish to impress your love ones. It’s all about balancing and marrying ingredients together to make something delightful. The herb blend that I created makes it a light aromatic scent which compliments beautifully with the sweetness of apricot and lamb.  The best part is that you can do this the night before, making your time in the kitchen easier. This recipe may take long, but I promise it will be worth it in the end.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch mint, chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 3.5-4.5 lb boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, cover the apricots with 1/4 cup boiling water; let soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pulse the garlic, parsley, mint, rosemary, mustard, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper in a food processor until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, add the olive oil, and process to a thick paste. Drain the apricots and stir them in.
  3. Lay the meat flat and pat dry with paper towels. Trim any excess fat. If there are portions that are much thicker than others, butterfly the thicker portions of the lamb to make it evenly thick. Lightly pound the lamb with a meat mallet, if necessary, to further even it out and make it roughly rectangular in shape. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the herb paste over the lamb, using your fingers to work it into any crevices. Starting at one short end, roll the lamb up tightly, making sure to roll the meat so slices will cut across the grain. Tie the roll snugly at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine. For a more compact shape, tie the roast lengthwise with a piece of twine. If there is any herb paste left on the work surface, rub it on the outside of the lamb. Wrap the lamb well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 and up to 24 hours.
  5. Let the lamb sit at room temperature for about 1 hour before roasting. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Unwrap the lamb, transfer it to a small, flameproof roasting pan, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat reads 125°F to 135°F for medium rare, 45 minutes to 1-1/4 hours; begin checking early. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, add the chicken broth and wine to the roasting pan. Simmer over medium heat, scraping up any pan drippings and stirring frequently, until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes.
  8. Cut the lamb into 1/2-inch-thick slices, snipping away the twine as you go, and transfer to a platter. Add any juice from the cutting board to the roasting pan. Strain the jus, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the lamb with the jus.

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