Moroccan-style Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Ingredients

1.5 kg leg of lamb, boned
2 garlic cloves, crushed
40 g butter
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp apricot jam
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Stuffing

1 green chili, seeded
2 shallots
1 garlic clove
1 bunch fresh coriander
sprig of fresh parsley
25 g butter
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup cooked long grain rice
2 tbsp pine nuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF.
  2. To make the stuffing, finely chop the chili, shallots, garlic and herbs in a food processor.
  3. Fry the shallot, chili and herb mixture gently in the butter for 2-3 minutes to soften the shallots. Stir in the spices.
  4. Place the cooked rice in a bowl, add the pine nuts and then stir in the rest of the stuffing ingredients from the pan. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Season the meat on both sides and rub the outside with the crushed garlic and putter. Place the meat, skin side down, on a work surface and spread the stuffing evenly over it. Roll the meat around the stuffing, secure the roll with a skewer and tie with cooking string at even intervals along the roll.
  6. Place the meat in a roasting tin and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180ºC/350ºF and continue to roast for a further 1-2 hours. Baste the meat during the cooking process. Remove the meat from the roasting tin.
  7. To make the sauce, pour away the excess fat from the roasting tin and add the stock. Heat gently, stirring all the time, to deglaze the tin. Blend the cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and add to the roasting tin with the apricot jam. Gradually bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Strain the thickened sauce into a serving jug and serve with the stuffed leg of lamb.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Best of Morocco

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