Whole Boneless Lamb Loin

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 boneless lamb loin, split lengthwise (about 2 pounds)
  • Salt
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 2 long sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pistachio-Mint Couscous, recipe follows
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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

On a large cutting surface, lay out lamb, cut side up so that it folds open. Sprinkle the inside with salt and Essence. Place a rosemary stalk inside. Tie lamb up with another rosemary stalk so that it is rolled and secure. Season the outside of the lamb with more salt, and the coriander and cumin.

In large saute pan over high heat, add olive oil and heat until hot, but not smoking. Add lamb and sear, on all sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes, being careful not to let the rosemary burn. Transfer to oven and continue cooking for another 20 minutes, or until medium rare. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes while preparing couscous.

Slice into 1-inch pieces. Serve atop couscous.
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.
Pistachio-Mint Couscous:
1 (10-ounce) box couscous
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons roughly chopped shelled pistachios, plus 2 tablespoons whole, lightly toasted
1/4 cup chopped packed fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a large bowl, combine the couscous and salt. Pour the boiling water over the mixture, cover, and let stand until the water is absorbed and the couscous is puffed, about 6 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Add the pistachios, mint, and oil. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Serve hot.

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