Roasted Leg of Lamb
(Adapted from Martha Stewart Living)
1 boneless leg of lamb (about 6 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
4 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Use a paring knife to make a dozen or so small slits in the meat. Tuck the garlic slivers into the slits. Place the meat in a baking dish.
2. In a small bowl, stir together oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Pour the marinade over lamb, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate, basting occasionally with the marinade, for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
3. Preheat the oven to 325˚F with a rack positioned to fit the lamb in a roasting pan. Remove the lamb from the refrigerator, uncover, and let sit at room temperature for at least 45 minutes. Lightly coat a roasting pan with oil.
3. Transfer the lamb to a rack fitted in the prepared pan, reserving leftover marinade. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Roast the lamb, basting every 20 to 30 minutes, first with the reserved marinade, and then with juices that accumulate in the pan. The lamb will need to cook for about 20 minutes per pound (about 2 hours total for a 6-pound leg of lamb). An instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat should read 135˚F when the lamb is medium-rare.
4. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the lamb to a cutting board. Cover with foil to keep warm. Let the lamb rest for 20 minutes before carving. Pour the pan juices into a fat separator or glass measuring cup; spoon off any fat that rises to the surface and discard. Cover juices to keep warm while lamb rests; add any juices that collect as the lamb sits.
5. Carve the lamb and arrange the slices on a large platter; drizzle with reserved pan juices just before serving.
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Toss the asparagus with the olive oil on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. (A sharp knife should pierce the thickest part of the asparagus with no resistance.) Serves 6.