The combination of cumin, paprika, fresh mint, garlic and lemon juice makes for an exotic Moroccan marinade for this leg of lamb recipe.
The marinade is also great with beef, chicken and even seafood.
It is best to marinate the lamb for at least two to three hours or even overnight. This allows the meat to really absorb the aromatic flavors.
Cooking time on lamb varies according to portion size and personal taste. This recipe is for a 2 lbs leg of lamb. For pink meat, roast the lamb for 1 hour and 20 minutes. For medium to well-done, leave it in the oven for a further 20-25 minutes.
- 2 lbs leg of lamb, bone removed
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 cup of mint leaves
- 2 tsp of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/8 cup of lemon juice
- 1 cup of cous cous
- 1/4 cup of dried currants
- 1/4 cup of pinenuts, toasted
- 1 cup of vegetable stock
- 1 tsp of curry powder
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- Salt & pepper for seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups of natural yogurt
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp of chopped mint
- 1 Tbsp of chopped cilantro
- Prepare the marinade by grounding the garlic, mint, cumin, salt and paprika with a mortar and pestle. Alternatively you can use a food processor. Ground ingredients into a paste and then add the olive oil and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Make little incisions in the lamb and then coat it well with the marinade. Make sure you coat the inside and outside of the lamb thoroughly.
- Place lamb in a bowl and cover. Place it in the fridge for at least two hours or even overnight.
- Remove the lamb from the fridge one hour prior to cooking. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
- Place the lamb in a baking dish and roast for 1 hour and 20 minutes for pink meat. Roast the lamb for an extra 20 minutes for medium to well-done meat.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cucumber sauce. Mix together the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, mint and cilantro. Add the salt and mix well. Set aside.
- Prepare the cous cous about 20 minutes before serving the lamb. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in small pot. Remove the pot from the heat and add the cous cous. Cover and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the cous cous. Stir well with a fork. Add the curry powder and stir again. Next, add a pinch of salt.
- Add the raisins and pinenuts to the cous cous and stir with the fork.
- Remove the lamb when ready and slice it. Spoon some of the liquid from the pan onto the lamb. Serve on a bed of cous cous and spoon the yogurt sauce on top.