Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Moroccan food can be pungent and spicy. But in this recipe, the spices infuse the lamb as it cooks gently over indirect heat. A perfect and authentic accompaniment would be couscous with golden raisins. From Weber's Art of the Grill, one of my favorite grilling cookbooks. PREP TIME DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 HOUR MARINATING TIME
- 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 1⁄2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 2 large oranges, grated zest only
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 3 -4 lbs leg of lamb, boneless and butterflied
- Make the paste: In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, toast the coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves. Shake the pan occasionally, until the spices begin to smoke, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a mortar or spice grinder and grind. Transfer to a small bowl and mix in the garlic, orange zest, salt and olive oil.
- Spread the leg of lamb flat. Trim the excess fat and sinew from the inside and the outside. With the fat side facing down, use a sharp knife to make several horizontal slits at a 45 degree angle into the thickest parts of the lamb, until the meat is of even thickness. With a meat mallet, pound the lamb to an even thinness of about 1 1/2 inches.
- Spread the spice paste evenly over both sides of the lamb. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or as long as 8 hours.
- Grill the lamb, fat side down first, directly over medium heat, turning once. The lamb will take 15-25 minutes to reach medium rare.
- Remove the lamb from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Carve the meat on a slight diagonal across the grain. Serve warm.