Saturday, April 24, 2010
ROAST LAMB GREEK STYLE: ARNI PSITO
For this year's Easter Sunday dinner we roasted two legs of lamb. You can see them here snuggled inside a large roasting pan, where they marinated for a few hours before they were placed in the oven. Very easy to make. The lamb was out of the way once it started to roast, and that freed us up to do so many other things...The recipe given below is for one leg of lamb. Since I cooked two, I doubled it.
1 leg of lamb on the bone (about 6 pounds)salt and pepper to taste
7 cloves of garlic peeled and cut in half
1 onion, peeled and cut in quarters
2 carrots, peeled and cut in 2 pieces each
1 fennel root, cut in quarters
4 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs fresh oregano, or two teaspoons dried
5 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs sage
Some grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large lemon
With a small knife make about 6 slits into the leg of lamb and insert a piece of garlic in each one. Season the surface of the meat with salt and pepper.
Arrange the vegetables and the rest of the garlic on the bottom of a roasting pan. Season with a small portion of each herb. Place the lamb on top of the vegetables and arrange the rest of the herbs on top and around it. Pour the water and lemon juice on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the pecorino Romano cheese on top of the meat. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours. Take it out, allow the meat to come to room temperature, and bake at 325° F for about 1 & 1/2 hours, until the meat can easily be pulled away from the bone.
At the last 15 minutes of baking, remove the aluminum foil and raise the temperature to 450° F. Allow the lamb and vegetables to brown.
Dress with olive oil and squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon onto the finished lamb and vegetables. Let rest before serving.
It will be more convenient to cut up the lamb and place it sliced onto a platter before taking it to the table. Remove the potatoes to a serving dish. For those who want the jus, strain the fat out of it, then pour it into a gravy bowl.
This year we served everything buffet style. All the dishes were placed on the server in the dinning room. We had two tables set for guests, and everyone helped themselves. It was informal and fun. It was also more enjoyable for the hostesses!!!