Thursday, December 21, 2006

This is what the lamb should look like before going in the oven

Well i'm sure you are all looking forward to your turkey this Christmas but if like me you are sick of the sight of it and want to try something different this year why not try this beautiful herb and green olive stuffed leg of lamb. It's really easy, so easy a 10 year old could make. As if that wasn't enough it's full of flavour and really cheap. A wonderful alternative to the usual turkey!!

1 leg of lamb (1.5/2kg)
Large bunch of thyme
Rock slat
Black pepper
300grams good quality green olives
1 bulb garlic
50ml olive oil

1.In a food processor you need to blend up the olives, thyme leaves, salt, pepper and the peeled cloves of garlic and the oil.
2. Take the lamb and using a knife make some 2 cm incisions into the meat. They need to be big enough to fit your small finger into.
3.In the 10 incisions stuff the mix of olives into the holes evenly.
4.Place the Lamb on a tray and into the oven. If you enjoy it pink you will need to cook it for 55 minutes on 180. If you want ti well done, cook for 75 minutes at 180.
5. Take out of the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

It is best served with some mashed potatoes and vegetables but also good with cous cous, polenta or even sliced into some nice foccacia. I told you it was easy, bet you didn't think it would be that easy!!!

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