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Stuffed Leg of Lamb – Pinot Noir Soaked Fig and Dates with Gorgonzola and Pistachios

Ingredients

  • 4.5 pound leg of lamb butterflied (do yourself a favor and have the butcher do it)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup salted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more to rub on lamb
  • 3-4 ounces Gorgonzola crumbled
  • 6-8 dried figs soaked in Pinot Noir for at least 4 hours, chopped
  • 6-8 dried dates soaked in Pinot Noir for at least 4 hourschopped
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In the bowl of a food processor combine dates, figs, Gorgonzola, pistachios, garlic and bread crumbs. Pulse until combined and nuts and garlic are roughly chopped.
  3. Drizzle in olive oil and pulse until combined and the mixture is sort of damp and pasty
  4. Spread stuffing mixture on inside of lamb fold top of lamb over, tie with kitchen twine to keep together, rub outside of lamb with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Roast at 350 15-20 minutes per pound, until rare or preferred temperature