Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Adopted from the Recipezaar account. Great summer grill recipe for a crowd
- 2 lbs regular plain yogurt (2 pints) or 2 lbs low-fat yogurt (2 pints)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil, plus
- more olive oil, for brushing grill
- 1 lemon, zest of
- 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)
- 3⁄4 cup whole fresh rosemary leaf (2 large bunches)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 (5 lb) butterflied leg of lamb (9 pounds bone-in)
- Combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a large non-reactive bowl.
- Add the lamb, making sure it is covered with marinade.
- Marinate in the refrigerator, covered, overnight or for up to 3 days.
- Bring the lamb to room temperature.
- Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals.
- Scrape the marinade off the lamb, wipe the meat with paper towels, and season it generously with salt and pepper.
- Brush the grill with oil to keep the lamb from sticking, and grill on both sides until the internal temperature is 120 to 125 degrees for rare.
- This will take 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how hot the grill is.
- Remove the lamb to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- Then slice and serve.
WOW, this was fabulous! Not 4 weeks ago I was a lamb hater. I started out with chops, then Moussaka, and then I was ready for an expensive cut - I loved this! Just seeing that dish of lamb marinating in the fridge for 3 days makes the anticipation build - and when you finally get to slice it after the grilling and resting - MAN it was worth every second of waiting! I used a 5 lb Australian boneless leg of lamb from Costco, whole milk plain yogurt from the Persian grocery, extra virgin olive oil, 3 perfect lemons from the yard and a fistfull of fresh rosemary from my garden. After the success I had with this recipe, I'll never be able to leave Costco without a leg of lamb again! OUTSTANDING!
So delicious, moist and tender. Just perfect. And actually, I think you could serve this to a lamb hater and they would love it and/or not realize it's lamb. The grilling gives it a definite "steak" quality. This will be a regular grilling recipe from now on. :)