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Smoked Paprika Roast Lamb with Summer Savory Stuffing

This incredibly delicious recipe for tender roast leg of lamb has a flavourful smoked paprika and garlic rub on the outside and a fragrant summer savory and onion stuffing inside. What an amazing idea for Easter dinner. 

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Smoked Paprika Lamb with Summer Savory Stuffing

I have to admit that when I was asked by McCormick brand to create a new roast lamb recipe for this Easter post, I was very pleased indeed. I absolutely love roast lamb and I’ve been successful in getting the rest of the family on board to enjoy one of my favourite meals more often and in several different ways.

When I  immediately thought about stuffing this boneless lamb leg, my mind went in two herb and spice flavour directions. Smoked Paprika is a much loved spice here on Rock Recipes as a quick search of our recipes will reveal.

Boneless leg of lamb

Boneless leg of lamb.

I absolutely love the subtle smoky flavour that works so well with chicken, beef or pork, so I thought, “Why not lamb?”. When I discovered that the McCormick Gourmet line included summer savory leaves, I knew I had to use it.

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Smoked Paprika Lamb with Summer Savory Stuffing

Adding flavour.

Summer Savory is a much underused dried herb that is very popular here in Newfoundland in our traditional stuffing for poultry. It is a mild, fragrant herb with a beautiful subtle flavour that goes well with chicken, pork and even fish.

I’ve even used a little of it in a version of Hollandaise sauce for my Eggs Benedict which everyone absolutely loves.

As happens lots of times when I come up with two choices for a new recipe, I decide not to decide and use both.

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Smoked Paprika Lamb with Summer Savory Stuffing

In this terrific recipe the summer savory gets used in a slightly modified version of our traditional Newfoundland savory and onion “dressing” (stuffing). The smoked paprika goes into a simple dry rub for the outside of the lamb to infuse flavour as it open roasts.

The result was wonderfully delicious and would make an outstanding addition to your Easter dinner table where so many folks traditionally serve lamb.

For more on McCormick’s Gourmet go to www.flavour.ca.

This recipe almost begs to be served with our crispy Roasted Potatoes as shown in the photos.

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Yield: 8 Servings or more.

Smoked Paprika Roast Lamb with Summer Savory Stuffing

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This incredibly delicious recipe for tender roast leg of lamb has a flavourful smoked paprika and garlic rub on the outside and a fragrant summer savory and onion stuffing inside. What an amazing idea for Easter dinner.

Ingredients

  • 4 lb boneless leg of lamb

For the Summer Savory Stuffing

  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups coarse bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp McCormick Summer Savory Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock or water

For the Smoked Paprika Rub

  • 2 tbsp McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

To prepare the Savory Stuffing

  1. Saute the onions and garlic in the butter over medium heat for just a few minutes until the onions have softened but not browned.
  2. Toss together the breadcrumbs with the summer savory leaves, salt and pepper. Next add the sauteed onions and garlic along with the butter from the pan.
  3. Beat together the egg and vegetable stock and pour over the breadcrumb mixture. Mix the stuffing together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

To prepare lamb

  1. Lay the boneless leg of lamb on a cutting board opening it up so that it is as flat as possible on the board. At this point cut horizontally into the thickest parts of the roast but not all the way through, so that you can fold the cut sections back and even out the thickness of the meat. Alternatively you can use a meat mallet to pound the roast to about a 1 to 1 1/2 inch thickness.
  2. Press the stuffing together in handfuls and place it evenly along the center line of the flattened roast.
  3. Bring the sides of the roast up over the stuffing and tie with several lengths of butcher string to close. Use a couple of lengths of butcher string to tie the two ends closed as well, so that they cross the other strings at a 90 degree angle. This helps keep the stuffing inside and ensures more even cooking.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients in the Smoked Paprika Rub together and spread the paste all over the roast. Use your fingers to rub it in evenly over all surfaces of the tied and stuffed lamb leg.
  5. Let the rub marinate into the meat for an hour or so before roasting.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. Place the prepared roast in a shallow roasting pan or on a parchment lined baking sheet roast for 20 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and continue to roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the stuffing reaches 160 degrees F. This temperature should cook the lamb to medium well.
  9. Once cooked, remove the roast from the oven and loosely tent it with aluminum foil. Allow the roast to rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 359Saturated Fat 7gCholesterol 127mgSodium 462mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 34g
Rock Recipes is happy to have this post sponsored by McCormick Gourmet brand, which provided both product and compensation for the development of this recipe.

 

 

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Saturday 12th of December 2015

This sounds delicious... paprika and garlic rub always a winner.

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