Grilled Leg of Lamb

We always make enough for for an army on Easter, and we were very excited to actually host it this year!  We decided to do somethings besides ham, since that’s not everyone’s thing, and a leg of lamb sounded great.  The problem for us is that our oven is not that big – a ham and sides and we’re done.  This was perfect as it was meant for the grill.  We really enjoyed it, and it was not only easy, but surprisingly quick to cook!  We got this from an old Gourmet magazine.  Only changes made were that we did not use the skewers described in the recipe, and we marinated overnight.

grilledlegoflamb

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (preferably Greek), crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (4 1/2- to 5-lb) butterflied boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat

Combine oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in sealable plastic bag. Add lamb and seal bag, pressing out air. Turn bag to coat lamb, then put bag in a shallow baking pan and marinate, chilled, turning bag over occasionally, at least 8 hours.

Bring lamb to room temperature, about 1 hour, before grilling.

Prepare grill for cooking over direct heat with medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Remove lamb from marinade (discard marinade) and run 3 or 4 skewers lengthwise through lamb about 2 inches apart. Grill on a lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using gas grill, turning over occasionally and, if necessary, moving around on grill to avoid flare-ups, until thermometer registers 125 to 128°F, 8 to 14 minutes total for medium-rare.

Transfer lamb to a cutting board and remove skewers. Let lamb stand, loosely covered with foil, 20 minutes. (Internal temperature will rise to 135°F while meat stands.) Cut across the grain into slices.

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