Impressive, yet simple, this stuffed leg of lamb recipe is marinated with garlic and lemon then stuffed with red onion, greens, feta and olives. Perfect for a special occasion or a fancy dinner; serve with any dark leafy greens.

Tara Mataraza Desmond
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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Recipe Summary

total:
3 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine half the garlic with parsley, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper. Rub over both sides of lamb. Set aside at room temperature.

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  • Stem kale and chop the leaves. (If using chard, chop the leaves and stems separately.)

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, chard stems, if using, and onion; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion starts to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale (or chard) leaves and cook, stirring often, until the leaves are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add feta, olives and lemon zest; stir to combine.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a shallow roasting pan with cooking spray.

  • Spread the stuffing across the cut side of the lamb, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Roll up from short side to short side, tucking in the stuffing. Tie the roast with kitchen string in several spots to keep it rolled tightly. Place seam-side down in the prepared pan.

  • Roast for 15 minutes.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees . Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the lamb registers 135 degrees F for medium, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let rest on a cutting board for 15 minutes. Remove the string and slice the lamb.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Rub the lamb (Step 1), roll it up, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before stuffing and roasting.

Equipment: Kitchen string

Preparing a butterflied leg of lamb? Save time in the kitchen by asking your butcher to butterfly it for you (that is, open it up to a large flat cut of meat).

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; protein 29.8g 60% DV; carbohydrates 3.4g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 0.8g; fat 14g 22% DV; saturated fat 4.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 93.6mg 31% DV; vitamin a iu 1645.9IU 33% DV; vitamin c 21.9mg 36% DV; folate 49.1mcg 12% DV; calcium 70.9mg 7% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 35.8mg 13% DV; potassium 436.1mg 12% DV; sodium 263mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.