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Author Notes: Cheaper and easier than a flight to Spain. This lamb will take you there--without having to clear TSA and paying baggage fees!
As a single dad, I don't have a ton of time to cook. However, my kids are foodies and I think they would revolt if I served them chicken fingers or the like (unless they were really, really good ones). I'm also looking to make amazing food that is really simple and basically cooks itself. This dish does all that...and more.
I serve it over couscous, which soaks up the amazing spices and sauce. —Rob
pounds Leg of lamb (ask your butcher to trim)
tablespoons dried thyme
tablespoons dried garlic powder
tablespoons dried onion powder
tablespoons smoked paprika powder
teaspoons fine salt
cup orange juice
cup dry white wine
Medium size yellow onions
- An hour or two ahead of cooking, mix the dried onion, garlic, smoked paprika, thyme, and salt in a large bowl.
- Place the lamb in the bowl and coat it fully with the spice mix. Cover the bowl and place in refrigerator.
- 15 minutes before cooking, remove lamb from refrigerator and place on counter.
- Pre-heat over to 35 degrees.
- Cut the onions into 1/2 inch slices and separate the rounds.
- Cover the bottom of a roasting pan with the onion rounds. You are, in essence, making a grate for the lamb to rest on.
- Mix the orange juice and wine.
- Fill the bottom of the pan with the orange juice to a level just below the tops of the onion rounds.
- Place the lamb on the onion bed.
- Put the lamb in the oven at 350 degrees.
- Cook for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 325.
- Cook for roughly an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes (1 hr to 1 hr 15 mins). The internal temperature of the lamb should register 130 degrees in thickest part (for medium rare).
- Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside to rest. You can tent it with foil if you like.
- Place the pan of juices, wine and onions back in the over. Increase heat to 375.
- After ten minutes, remove the pan from the oven, pour the juices into a gravy strainer/separator.
- Return the onions to the oven. They should get soft and nicely caramel colored. This should take about 5 to ten minutes.
- While the onions are caramelizing, slice the lamb.
- Remove the onions from the oven.
- Plate and serve. I like to serve over couscous. I put a layer of couscous down, then a layer of onions, then slices of the lamb, then cover with the sauce.