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Moroccan-style barbecued leg of lamb

Moroccan-style barbecued leg of lamb

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook: -
    • Plus marinating and resting
  • A challenge
  • Serves 6 - 8

Mary Cadogan demonstrates the technique of boning out a leg of lamb and how to cook it

Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0g


  • 50g butter , melted
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin , coriander and praprika
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves , crushed
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp harissa
  • 2 ½kg leg of lamb , butterflied

For the sauce

  • 1 tsp harissa
  • handful fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 300g Greek yogurt


  • STEP 1

    Mix the butter and oil in a bowl, then stir in the spices, thyme, garlic, lemon zest and juice. Add the harissa, 1 tsp salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, and mix well.

  • STEP 2

    Put the butterflied lamb (see step-by-step guide) in a large shallow dish and spoon over the marinade. Using your hands, rub it all over the meat. Cover loosely with foil or cling film and leave to marinate for at least 2 hrs, or overnight in the fridge.

  • STEP 3

    Light the barbecue, adding plenty of coals. When it is ready, add the lamb, fat-side down, and cook on a fairly high heat for 5 mins until well browned. Turn over and cook for another 5 mins to brown the other side.

  • STEP 4

    Move the coals to the sides of the barbecue to reduce the heat under the meat and cook more gently for 30-40 mins, turning occasionally. This timing will give you pink meat.

  • STEP 5

    Remove the meat to a large board and cover tightly with foil. Leave to rest for 10-15 mins.

  • STEP 6

    For the sauce, fold the harissa, a little salt and the coriander into the yogurt. Cut the lamb into thick slices and serve with the sauce and couscous, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2011


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