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Foodie Weekend Cooking Class

September 16th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Easy French food was the order of the day for the B&B Foodie Weekend Cooking Class recently!  After a foray to the local Farmers Market, we settled into the kitchen to begin cooking.  The menu included Scallops Provencal, Warm Cremini Mushroom Salad with Arugula and Prosciutto, Roasted Leg of Lamb Persillade, Zucchini Gratin, and Fresh Strawberry Sorbet!  Look for some of the great recipes to come…..the lamb was especially succulent with no gaminess due to a new method of preparation I taught during the class.

The Method:

Lamb and Brine
1 (3 pound) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed  
2 Tb. kosher  salt
(or 1 Tb. table salt)          
2 Tb. sugar
6 medium garlic cloves, crushed
Garlic-Parsley Paste
1 medium head garlic, outer papery skins removed and top
third of head cut off & discarded
1 Tb. olive  oil
1 Tb. minced fresh
parsley leaves

Combine salt, sugar and garlic  with 2 quarts water in large bowl; stir until salt and sugar dissolve.  Open roast and remove all visible fat and connective tissue/coverings (this is a major step in reducing the gaminess!).  Lightly score
inside of lamb roast, making ¼ inch deep cuts spaced 1 inch apart in crosshatch pattern.  Submerge lamb in brine, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

While lamb is brining, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 400 degrees.  Place garlic head cut side up on sheet of foil and drizzle with olive oil.  Wrap foil tightly around garlic; place on baking sheet and roast until coves are very soft and golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic head to remove cloves from skins.  Mash cloves into paste with side of chef’s knife.  Combine 1 tablespoon of garlic paste and parsley leaves in small bowl.

Remove lamb from brine and pat dry with paper towels.  Rub garlic-parsley paste into  scored surface working paste
into  cuts.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roll lamb into compact roast, tucking in to form a log/leg shape.  Tie with twine at 1 inch intervals.

Proceed with your favorite roasting method and enjoy the  fruits of your labor!

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