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Moroccan Leg of Lamb With Mint Dressing and Harissa

August 02, 2016

Moroccan Leg of Lamb With Mint Dressing and Harissa

Satisfy your hunger with the tasty meaty goodness of this Moroccan Leg of Lamb With Mint Dressing and Harissa. Savor the flavorful blend of the meat & spices.

Serves 8 to 10


  • 1 9-to-11-pound bone-in leg of lamb, trimmed of fat and membrane
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup fruity-tasting olive oil
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Harissa spice, more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Mint dressing

  • 2 cups tightly packed mint leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup fruity-tasting olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste



  1. Score meaty side of lamb in a diamond pattern of 1/4-inch-deep cuts about 1 1/2 inches apart. Season with salt and pepper, and place scored-side up in a large roasting pan.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil with lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, harissa, coriander seeds and cumin. Pour marinade over lamb and massage into crevices. Cover pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate 2 1/2 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 1 1/2 hours before cooking to return lamb to room temperature; in last 15 minutes, heat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Remove foil from pan and place pan on middle oven rack; turn heat down to 350 degrees. Roast, basting lamb with pan juices every 1/2 hour, until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat reads 130 degrees, about 1 3/4 hours total. Remove from oven, tent loosely with foil, and let rest 15 minutes before carving. Serve with harissa and mint dressing.

Mint dressing

    1. In a food processor, combine mint, shallots, vinegar, olive oil, garlic and salt until smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


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    Source: Cooking NYtimes


    Photo Credit to: Cooking NYtimes

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