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Convection Roast Leg of Lamb
A semi-boneless leg of lamb is a great cut for roasting not only do you get the benefits of roasting with the bone it is extremely easy to carve nice slices on either side of the bone. Best of all if your oven is equipped with an internal meat probe you are assured of cooking the meat to the exact degree of doneness you want. Wireless probes are a good option for ovens that do not have a meat probe otherwise checking the meat with an instant-read thermometer to determine the internal temperature close to the end of the recipe time will help avoid over-cooking.
I set my meat probe to 130°F and for the most part, the meat was evenly cooked with just a few well-done slices on the edges. After resting for 20 minutes the internal temperature had risen to 145°F.
As a guideline for timing, if your oven doesn’t have a meat probe, the cooking time of my 4.25lb roast was approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. So checking your roast at around that time should give you a good reading if checking the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer.
Because my side dishes were fairly quick-cooking I didn’t add them until I had removed the lamb from the oven. I increased the oven temperature to 350°F and they were hot and ready to serve when the lamb had rested and been carved.
1 4-5lb semi-boneless roast
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried herbs de Provence
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves, garlic thinly sliced
With the point of a sharp knife, cut a series of thin slits all over the lamb.
Combine the salt, herbs, and oil and rub into the lamb.
Push the sliced garlic into the slits, cover the roast and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours prior to cooking.Let the lamb sit outside of the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to cooking.
Heat the oven in the Convection Roast Mode 425°F and place the lamb on a rack in a shallow pan.
Insert the needle part of the meat probe into the meat at an angle and slide the pan into the oven.
Insert the probe into the receptacle and close the door. Touch the probe symbol or icon and program in the desired temperature. In my oven, I have to touch the probe symbol again to confirm, so be sure to look at your oven User Guide to be sure you have programmed the oven correctly.
Now set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes, and when the timer has elapsed reduce the oven temperature to 325°F for the remainder of the cooking time. When using an oven meat probe the oven will turn off automatically when the programmed temperature has been reached.
Remove the meat and set it aside to rest loosely covered with foil. Reprogram the oven in the Convection Roast Mode to 350 - 375° to cook any oven side dishes.
Serves 6 - 8
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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher