A stuffed leg of lamb is an easy way to serve an elegant meal for Easter or any other special occasion. This version is filled with spinach, pine nuts and naturally sweet raisins. Sponsored by Sun-Maid Raisins.
Lamb is one of those meats where you either love it or hate it. Coming from a Persian family, I grew up eating lamb so I am definitely in the lover category. My kids are also big fans of lamb, so I do my best to prepare it as often as I can.
A classic lamb dinner is common for Easter, so it is easy to find it on sale this time of year. My husband loves grilling a bone-in leg of lamb, but today I am sharing one of my other favorite ways of serving a boneless leg of lamb.
My family does not celebrate Easter, but that doesn’t mean that I do not appreciate the holiday or find it beautiful. I hold the same sentiment for Passover. So whether you are preparing a lamb feast for a holy holiday or just because, a stuffed leg of lamb will certainly be a crowd pleaser.
You can stuff any roast with any of your favorite flavor combinations. The stuffing I have prepared for this lamb is inspired by my obsession with Mediterranean flavors: raisins, spinach, basil, garlic and pine nuts.
How to butterfly a leg of lamb
A boneless leg of lamb is easy enough to find in your grocery store, but you can always ask your butcher to debone it if you only find a bone-in lamb. If you don’t mind exerting a little effort, you can also debone it yourself.
Once deboned, you will find that the lamb is not perfectly flat and you will discover that it is covered in large chunks of fat. You certainly don’t want to find large pockets of fat while you are eating your stuffed leg of lamb, so you need to remove the fat and sinews as best as you can.In my video, I show you how to trim the lamb as well as how to use a knife to further flatten any large chunks of meat. You can also cover your boneless leg of lamb with plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to even out and flatten the meat more. Even layers of meat means that your stuffed leg of lamb will cook evenly.
Stuffed leg of lamb
Because we are stuffing the lamb with fresh spinach and basil, it is best to sauté it before spreading it over the lamb. This will insure that the water released from the spinach does not water down the lamb. I also toast the pine nuts beforehand, as well.
These little steps give maximum flavor punch to your stuffed leg of lamb. After adding the layers of stuffing over your butterflied lamb, it is time to roll it up.
Rolling your stuffed leg of lamb
There no is special technique to this. I like to start on the widest end of the lamb and slowly roll it up, tucking in any flaps of meat sticking out, like you do when you roll up a burrito.
Once rolled up, it’s time to tie it up so it will hold its shape. Kitchen twine is one of those pantry staples that you should always have on hand. Tie your lamb roast up lengthwise and crosswise in multiple areas.
Any stuffing that falls out, can be pushed back into the lamb. Once tied up, transfer your stuffed leg of lamb to a roasting pan, rub it down with some extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Roast a stuffed leg of lamb
Now you are ready for the magic to begin! For this 5-pounder stuffed leg of lamb, it took about 90 minutes to roast to medium rare in the center.
Details on the cooking instructions are in the recipe directions below. I do encourage you to test doneness using a meat thermometer. It is truly the only way to guarantee that your stuffed leg of lamb is cooked to your own personal preference.
It may seem complicated, but stuffing and rolling a leg of lamb really is easy. The process is pretty simple. But again, your friends and family don’t need to know that!
Happy Easter, Passover, Norouz or whatever it is you celebrate this spring!
Note: Lamb can be stuffed and tied 1 day ahead. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before roasting. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 681 Total Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 211mg Sodium: 1093mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 60g
Note: Lamb can be stuffed and tied 1 day ahead. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before roasting.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.