Leg of Lamb in a Pepper Crust Recipe

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A classic lamb roast, with a little extra spice and flavor.
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  • 1 leg of lamb, 4 - 6 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons flavorful mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons very finely chopped rosemary, or 1 teaspoon dry, pulverized
  • 2 teaspoons coarse freshly ground pepper
15 mins
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2 hrs
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Trim any silverskin or large areas of fat from the meat.
  • Mix mustard, oil, rosemary, and soy sauce into a paste and spread over top and sides of meat. Coarsely grind black pepper over the mustard-coated lamb, about 2 teaspoons total pepper. (If your pepper grinder doesn't have a coarse setting, mash whole peppercorns in a mortar and pestle, or crush with a heavy skillet).
  • Put meat in a roasting pan or baking dish and roast to desired doneness. Use an instant-read thermometer ( roast to 125° F to have the meat medium-rare after standing) or figure about 22 - 23 minutes per pound for medium rare. Cook about 10 minutes longer for medium.
  • Remove meat, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for 15 - 20 minutes. Don't skip this step--the standing time allows the meat to finish cooking and the juices to be redistributed through the roast.
  • Carve and serve. Cabernet sauvignon or syrah are good wine choices.
  • TIP: Turn the oven off when roast is removed and put in dinner plates. Serve the carved lamb on warm plates.
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