Butterflied Leg of Lamb
- 1 leg of lamb, 5 to 6 lb., trimmed of fat, boned and
- 7 large garlic cloves
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 bottle full-bodied red wine
- 9 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup pitted oil-cured olives, plus extra for
- 2 Tbs. herbes de Provence
- 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 to 2 tsp. olive oil, or as needed
- Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
On a cutting board, place the remaining 5 garlic cloves, sprinkle with a few pinches of coarse salt, then chop. Add the sun-dried tomatoes,
1/2 cup olives, herbes de Provence and the 2 tsp. pepper and continue to chop to form a coarse paste.
Preheat an oven to 450°F. Remove the lamb from the marinade and lay it flat, cut side up. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Evenly spread the tomato-olive paste over the meat. Roll up the lamb and tie securely with kitchen string at intervals of 2 to 3 inches.
In a roasting pan over high heat, warm enough olive oil to form a film on the pan bottom. Add the lamb and brown on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue to roast, basting every 10 to 15 minutes with the reserved marinade, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 125° to 130°F for very rare to medium-rare, about 45 minutes. Alternatively, cut into the meat with a sharp knife; it should be pink or done to your liking. Transfer to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Meanwhile, place the roasting pan over high heat. Add 1 cup of the wine and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the pan bottom. Bring to a boil and boil until reduced by half, 5 to 8 minutes. Spoon off the fat from the pan juices, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a warmed sauceboat.
Snip the strings and carve the lamb across the grain into thin slices. Arrange on a warmed platter, sprinkle with chopped parsley and garnish with the olives. Pass the pan juices at the table.