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Slow Roasted Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb

Slow Roasted Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb is so tender it falls off the bone, melts in your mouth and is served with a cacophony of golden Moroccan gravy flavors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Marinating Time (Refrigerator Time)8 hrs
Total Time13 hrs 15 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Christmas, Diabetic Friendly, Easter, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Lamb, Low Carb, Sauces and Dressings
Servings: 8
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 Onion (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric ground
  • 1 pinch saffron (1 small pinch in 1/8 cup hot water)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp coriander ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar or sugar substitute (if not following a low carb diet then can add honey)
  • 1 cup parsley roughly chopped

Roast

  • 4.5 pounds Leg of lamb semi boneless
  • 2 onions (peeled and quartered)
  • 10 cloves garlic whole peeled (6- embedded in the leg of lamb and 4 for the bottom on the pan)
  • 1 heavy duty aluminum foil large piece big enough to seal the roast.
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Golden Sauced Gravy

  • juice from the pan strained
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter

Garnish

  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped optional

Instructions

Create the Marinade

  • In a food processor add onions, olive oil, paprika, turmeric, saffron water, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper to taste, parsley and sugar substitute. Blend until well incorporated - thick paste.

Prepare your Leg of Lamb

  • make triangle slits on the top of the fat side of the leg of lamb. Remove any tough fascia from the bottom of the leg of lamb. Cut deep slit with your knife just big enough to slide in a whole garlic clove into the meat in 6-8 places. Drizzle the leg of lamb with the marinade and rub all over the lamb. Marinate the leg of lamb covered in the refrigerator overnight.

Determine what time you want to eat dinner!

  • For a 4.5 pound semi-boneless leg of lamb it was 30 minutes of browning in the oven, then followed by reducing the temperature and adding the aromatics and liquids and braised covered for 3 hours and then 30 – 60 minutes of browning and 20 minutes of resting and making the gravy for a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes of cooking. If you want to eat around 6 pm… start the process around 1pm in the afternoon.

Temp high:Brown the Leg of Lamb

  • Preheat oven to (425 F or 218 C) Place the chopped onions and extra garlics at the bottom of the pan. Place the marinated leg of lamb on top of vegetables and season to taste with salt and pepper and drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Roast UNCOVERED for about 30 minutes with the fat side up just until browned nicely. Keep an eye on it, so it does not get too browned. Check it at 15-20 minutes.

Temp down: Low and slow roast the leg of lamb covered

  • Remove the leg of lamb from the oven. Reduce the temperature to (300 degrees F- 148 C). Turn the leg of lamb upside down with the fat side down. Pour the chicken broth around the leg of lamb. Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place the leg of lamb back in the oven and cook for about 3 hours at this lower temperature. Check on it after 2 hours to make sure that you still have liquid in the pan and that the leg of lamb is starting to get tender. After the 3rd hour, check to see that the leg of lamb is tender, almost falling off bone.

Temp up: 325F and finish lamb uncovered

  • Remove the aluminum foil and turn up the temperature and cook for about 30-60 minutes until the leg of lamb is fall off the bone tender and nicely browned. Remove from oven and tent with foil and keep warm and rest for about 20 minutes.

Make Golden Sauce Moroccan Gravy

  • In the meantime, strain your juice to remove garlic and onions, (REMOVE the OIL from the top of the pan sauce with a spoon. You will have a lot of oil) place in a sauce pan and heat with cornstarch slurry until the back of a spoon clings. Remove from the stovetop and add a dab of butter and stir. Check and adjust seasoning.

Serve

  • Garnish with parsley. Serve your Slow roasted Moroccan Spiced leg of lamb at the dining room table. The meat is so tender you can just pull apart with 2 forks. Drizzle over the golden Moroccan spiced gravy over the lamb and enjoy!

Notes

There are 5 distinct steps to cooking your Slow Roasted Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb…
1) Overnight marinade with spices and fresh herbs
2) Searing the leg of lamb in the oven at a higher temperature (425 F or 218 C)
3) Roasting and Braising the leg of lamb at a very low temperature for a long time. (300 degrees F- 148 C)
4) Browning and basting the leg of lamb (325 F or 162 C)
5) Making the delicious golden Moroccan gravy

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 928IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 4mg