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  1. 1 (4 to 5-pound) boneless leg of lamb , trimmed of visible fat

  2. 5 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into 20 slivers

  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  4. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  5. 4 cloves garlic, minced

  6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

  7. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Essence, recipe follows

  9. 16 pita breads Tzatziki Sauce, recipe follows Chopped tomatoes

  10. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  11. 2 tablespoons salt

  12. 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  13. 1 tablespoon black pepper

  14. 1 tablespoon onion powder

  15. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  16. 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  17. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  18. 1 medium cucumber , peeled, seeded and finely chopped

  19. 1 cup plain yogurt

  20. 1 tablespoon olive oil

  21. 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar

  22. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  23. 1 teaspoon oregano

  24. 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. With a sharp knife, make 20 slits across 1 side of the lamb and insert the garlic slivers. Place in a large non-reactive dish. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano , rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour over the lamb and rub evenly across the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate , refrigerated, for at least 2 and up to 6 hours, turning occasionally. Remove from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature. Season lightly on all sides with Essence. Brush a grill lightly with olive oil and preheat to medium heat. Remove the lamb from the marinade and place on the grill. Cook, turning occasionally until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F for medium-rare, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the grill and transfer to a platter. Tent with foil and let rest for 12 minutes before carving. Thinly slice the lamb and place the meat in the center of the pita breads. Top with Tzatziki Sauce and chopped tomatoes, and serve. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container. Yield: about 2/3 cup Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry.


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