• 8servings
  • 40minutes
  • 485calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsProteins, Lipids, Cellulose
VitaminsA, B2, B3, B9, B12, E
MineralsNatrium, Chromium, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Cobalt

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 (5 pound) boneless leg of lamb

  2. salt and black pepper to taste

  3. 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh spinach leaves

  4. 6 ounces goat cheese, or more if needed

  5. 2 teaspoons pine nuts

  6. kitchen twine

  7. 1 cup all-purpose flour

  8. 1 tablespoon salt

  9. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  10. 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  11. 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  12. 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Remove plastic netting or twine from around the leg of lamb, if any, and open up the roast on a cutting board. Place the boned side of the roast up. With a sharp paring knife, cut away any excess fatty areas. Use a sharp knife to cut 1/2-inch deep slits in the meat about 2 inches apart, to help the meat lie flat. Cover the meat with a sturdy piece of plastic wrap or a cut-apart food storage bag, and pound the meat with a mallet or the edge of a small plate until the roast is about 3/4 inch thick everywhere, and 10 to 14 inches square.

  2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Sprinkle the upper side of the meat with salt and pepper, and then spread spinach leaves over the top of the roast to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Break up the goat cheese and sprinkle it evenly over the spinach, then sprinkle the pine nuts over the cheese.

  4. Roll the roast up into a tight cylinder, and tie the roast together with kitchen twine at 2 inch intervals. It's okay if a little stuffing protrudes from the sides of the roast.

  5. In a flat dish, mix together the flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of pepper, the thyme, and the fennel seeds, and press the tied roast firmly into the flour mixture to coat all sides.

  6. Heat the sesame oil in a heavy oven-proof or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers, and sear all sides of the roast, including the ends, to a golden brown color. Lay the roast into the skillet, place into the preheated oven, and roast to your desired degree of doneness, or an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.


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