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Yogurt-Marinated Leg of Lamb with Cardamom and Orange

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Makes 6 to 8 servings 1x

Time 1 1/2 to 3 hours (largely unattended)

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Ingredients

  • One 5– to 7-pound leg of lamb, preferably at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F. Remove as much of the surface fat as is practical from the lamb. Mix the yogurt, mint, orange zest, cardamom, salt, and pepper; rub the meat all over with the yogurt mixture. If you have time, let the lamb sit for an hour or more (refrigerate if it will be longer than an hour).
  2. Put the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan. (You might line the pan first with aluminum foil to make cleanup easier.) Roast for 30 minutes, then check; if the lamb threatens to burn, turn the heat down to 350°F; otherwise leave it at 425°F.
  3. After about 1 hour (total) of roasting, check the internal temperature of the lamb with an instant-read thermometer. Continue to check every 10 minutes; when it reaches 130°F for medium-rare (125°F for very rare) in its thickest part (check it in several places), it’s done. The total cooking time will be less than 1 1/2 hours. Let it rest for a few minutes before carving. Serve garnished with more chopped mint.

— Recipe from The New York Times